Blades boss vows not to upset spirit in squad, as international four shine

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins
Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins

Nigel Adkins insists he will not recruit any individuals who risk upsetting the spirit of his Sheffield United squad when the loan window opens today.

The Blades boss, who hopes to resurrect a loan deal for Fulham defender Dan Burn, made the admission after failing to land any of his targets on last week’s transfer deadline day.

Instead, United hope to strengthen during the loan window and have identified a list of targets, including some from the Premier League.

But Adkins, whose side return to League One action this weekend against Bury at Bramall Lane, insists attitude - as well as ability - will be assessed before a decision is made on any recruits.

“We have an excellent group of honest and hard-working professionals who want to do well for this football club,” the former Scunthorpe and Southampton boss said.

“If people want to come in, then they must fit into that and not upset the balance.

“They must be good characters, too, like the players we already have here.”

United requested their League One clash with Colchester last Saturday be postponed, after international call-ups for Che Adams, Callum McFadzean, Louis Reed and David Edgar.

Adams made his England U20 debut in a1-0 defeat to the Czech Republic, while McFadzean represented Scotland U21s in their victory over Northern Ireland on Saturday.

Edgar earned his latest cap for Canada last night against Belize, while Louis Reed starred for England against Germany and Croatia over the past week.

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