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Sheffield United: New signings must help reduce reliance on Leon Clarke

Ensuring their four new signings, including Ryan Leonard, Lee Evans and former Charlton Athletic forward Ricky Holmes, are fully briefed on the team’s systems and tactics will feature prominently on Sheffield United’s agenda during training this week.

Chris Wilder is urging his players to make better decisions in the final third: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Players are told to get nasty or risk losing-out on a top two challenge

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, has challenged his team to rediscover its ruthless streak or risk losing further ground on the automatic promotion places.

Travis Binnion, manager of Sheffield United's academy: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Young hopefuls are told to learn the lessons of their FA Youth Cup defeat

Travis Binnion, the manager of Sheffield United’s Steelphalt Academy, insisted Bramall Lane’s young players must learn the lessons of their FA Youth Cup defeat at Birmingham City last night.

It’s derby day, so how about this for an idea? - James Shield’s Sheffield United Column

It’s derby day, so how about this for an idea? - James Shield’s Sheffield United Column

As one fellow member of the South Yorkshire media can testify, I’m not a huge fan of North American sports.


VIDEO: Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder says his team are prepared for the ‘biggest and best’ derby in English football

Chris Wilder’s demeanour during Sheffield United’s final press conference before this evening’s derby told you all you need to know about his attitude to the game.


VIDEO: Sheffield United’s Chris Basham is braced for a tough Steel City derby test

Managed by a supporter, co-owned by another lifelong follower and also captained by a fan, there will be no shortage of passion among Sheffield United ranks during tonight’s Steel City derby.

Lee Evans and James Wilson, Sheffield United's new signings, could make their debuts against Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow.

Sheffield United: New signing Lee Evans reveals what he told Chris Wilder when they first met

Lee Evans told Chris Wilder he needed no persuading to join Sheffield United after being informed of Bramall Lane’s interest.

James Wilson hopes to make his debut for Sheffield United against Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: New signing James Wilson reveals why Bramall Lane appealed as he prepares for Steel City derby bow

It was telling that, the moment tomorrow’s Steel City derby was mentioned, a beaming smile spread across James Wilson’s face.

Ryan Leonard kicked-off Sheffield United's latest recruitment drive: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Three new signings bring real depth to Bramall Lane’s squad

Chris Wilder believes the arrival of Lee Evans, James Wilson and Ryan Leonard at Bramall Lane will help equip Sheffield United with the strength in depth required to maintain their challenge towards the top of the Championship table.

Ryan Leonard has signed a three and a half year contract with Sheffield United: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Blades eye more deals after Ryan Leonard thanks them for refusing to give up on him

Ryan Leonard has thanked Sheffield United for their perseverance during his protracted transfer to Bramall Lane.

Ryan Leonard hopes to be involved on Friday night: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: New boy hopes for Steel City derby debut as fellow midfielder prepares to depart

He watched September’s derby at home on television.

Michael Tonge is impressed by his former club's sense of togetherness under Chris Wilder

Sheffield United: Peering into the mind of a player on Steel City derby day

Dry throat, heightened senses and almost overbearing levels of nervous tension; three sure-fire symptoms, Michael Tonge admits, of a Steel City derby.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder

Sheffield United: ‘Bramall Lane is the place to be’ says Chris Wilder as he chases more signings

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, has told potential signings they will be joining a club on the up as Ryan Leonard prepares to complete his move to Bramall Lane.

Regan Slater's challenge captured Chris Wilder's imagination: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: How Regan Slater cemented his place in Chris Wilder’s thinking

A lifelong supporter turned Sheffield United player, Chris Wilder probably looks at Regan Slater and sees something of himself.

John Lundstram hopes to be fit for the Steel City derby: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Duo hope to be fit for Friday’s derby

Sheffield United hope both Mark Duffy and John Lundstram will be declared fit for Friday’s game against Sheffield Wednesday.

Caolan Lavery is set to start against Ipswich Town today: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Centre-forward hopes a strong performance at Ipswich Town will put him in Steel City derby contention

Caolan Lavery aims to use today’s FA Cup third round tie at Ipswich Town as a springboard back into Sheffield United’s starting eleven.

Daniel Lafferty is set to start today's FA Cuip third round tie: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Manager Chris Wilder throws down the gauntlet ahead of today’s FA Cup tie against Ipswich Town

He has made no attempt to disguise the fact, with Sheffield United still challenging for promotion despite being hit hard by illness and injury, that reaching the latter stages of the FA Cup is not his top priority.

Ben Whiteman is back at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United: Ryan Leonard bid will not hurt Ben Whiteman

Ben Whiteman has been told Sheffield United’s interest in Southend’s Ryan Leonard will not prevent him from securing a place in Bramall Lane’s first team squad.

Sheffield United: Southend confirm Ryan Leonard deal is done

Sheffield United: Southend confirm Ryan Leonard deal is done

Southend have accepted Sheffield United’s bid for Ryan Leonard, the League One club have announced.

Leon Clarke scored his 15th goal of the season at Derby County: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

“I was too naive and didn’t listen as much as I should have done” - Sheffield United striker Leon Clarke

Leon Clarke is tired of talking about the past; sick of discussing old controversies and misdemeanours of his youth.

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