Critics don't get it but Wilder is man with proven plan for Sheffield United's step up to big time

Critics don't get it but Wilder is man with proven plan for Sheffield United's step up to big time

CRITICS of Sheffield United’s chances of surviving their return to the Premier League longer than the last attempt 12 years ago, have moved into overdrive. It’s tough for any promoted club but the flack seems to be born more out of ignorance rather than informed opinion. Boss Chris Wilder, meanwhile, has spent an unprecedented £40million-plus on players – £20m with add ons for striker Ollie McBurnie. – and broken the Blades transfer record four times. All of the new arrivals appear a good fit to his tried and trusted plan which the doom-mongers fail to understand.

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He's been round the clock but that makes Jags Mk ll a classic acquisition in Sheffield United's daunting Premier League challenge

He's been round the clock but that makes Jags Mk ll a classic acquisition in Sheffield United's daunting Premier League challenge

PHIL JAGIELKA’S return to Sheffield United was hardly a surprise once news broke last month that Everton were releasing the 36-year-old former England defender. The Blades academy product who made 287 appearances for United before heading to Merseyside is finishing his illustrious career where it all began but the next 12 months could prove to be his most rewarding.

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