Date Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:54
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder wants to strengthen his team next month as he looks to consolidate a strong start to the season.
Wilder would like to sign "two or three" players during the next transfer window, which opens on January 1 and closes at 11 pm on January 31.
The Blades were defeated in their first first division campaign in 12 years, but Wilder's team is eighth in the table and he believes it is the right time to join the group.
"I told the owners that maybe if we were in a different position, you should keep your hand in your pocket, but I think now is the time to strengthen and we will have talks about where we can go with that," said Wilder.
"It's important to get the balance right and to get the right players in mind and strengthen the group.
"But definitely in our position we need to, because there is still so much football to play and the intensity of the league, as we saw last week with a match against Newcastle on Thursday night and then a trip to Norwich on Sunday, is huge. This will affect the group.
“It was largely the group that came up as I believed they deserved an opportunity to show if they could improve the game – and they certainly did.
"They need to continue, but I feel that there are two or three positions where we are a little lighter, where we need to strengthen ourselves to ensure that performance and results are not affected."
The survival of the Premier League was Sheffield United's goal in returning to the top flight and the club's goals remain the same despite the impressive start of the season.
Forty points are widely accepted as a reference for teams to stand and Blades rose to 22 points with Sunday's victory in Norwich, with three games to go before the middle of the campaign.
Wilder said, "We're not 40 points yet, we're too far away. Staying consistent is the message for my players. Look at the next game and keep accumulating points and keep adding to it.
"We are in a healthy position and would like to consolidate this and move forward."
Wilder reported "a few bodies" after the victory in Norwich, but did not reveal any new injury problems before the home game against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Mo Besic drew attention on Carrow Road and his performance on the bench could see Everton's borrowed sock come into Wilder's mind to begin with.