Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, has warned ‘only the strong will survive’ at Bramall Lane after holding talks with more potential transfer targets.
United enter tonight’s meeting with Southend searching for their first win of the new season following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Rochdale.
Keith Hill, whose side came within nine minutes of winning that match, admitted his team had attempted to drive a wedge between United and their supporters before Billy Sharp snatched a late equaliser.
Confirming he wants to make further additions before the deadline for new signings later this month, Wilder said: “Keith said something on Saturday about playing for Sheffield United. It’s either angry or ecstatic. There’s nothing in between. I thought it was a good way of putting it.
“But it’s nothing to be scared of or shy away from. The highs of playing for this club, and there will be many when we get it going, will be higher than any other club in this division and possibly most in the division above too.”
Representatives acting on behalf of Caolan Lavery, who was declared surplus to requirements by Sheffield Wednesday last season, are known to have approached United about the possibility of move before Saturday’s match. Wilder has also indicated he wants to recruit a goalkeeper to compete with George Long after the youngster’s mistake gifted Rochdale their opener.
“Anybody who puts on a pair of gloves and sticks on a different colour shirt to everybody else understands the ups and downs, the life of a ‘keeper,” Wilder said. “It is what it is and that’s what players have to overcome. “That’s something, as a group up and down the country, they have to get used to and George is no different in that regard.”