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Gaffer continuing to look ahead

19 October 2017

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Chris Wilder believes he has a group of players who are all capable of playing in the Championship without weakening his starting XI.

The Blades currently sit third in the table, despite missing a host of key players at different times during the opening 12 games and Wilder has praised those who have deputised.

The manager commented: "I thought John (Lundstram) was absolutely first-class against Ipswich. He was the main man at Oxford and it has taken him a bit of time to adjust to the tempo of training and the way we play.

"But that department wasn't weakened without Paul (Coutts), who everyone will acknowledge has been outstanding in the last season and a bit and a key figure in our rise.

"But we want competition for places throughout the team and that's what we've tried to do in our recruitment.

"We've managed to get over suspensions and injuries with relative ease so far, so credit to the players that have stepped in when required."

Following the news earlier this week regarding David Brooks signing a new long-term contract, Wilder hinted more could be on the horizon.
He added: "We are currently in discussions with a couple more players about new deals and when those talks reach an agreement we will announce the details.

"It is an important part of been a football manager, to make sure the continuity is there and we want to keep building and raising the bar by keeping our best players and adding to the group."

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