Sheffield United: Chris Wilder is ready to break hearts at Bramall Lane if it means reaching the Premier League

Chris Wilder will put Sheffield United before sentiment: Simon Bellis/Sportimage
Chris Wilder will put Sheffield United before sentiment: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Chris Wilder is prepared to break some of his players’ hearts in order to provide Sheffield United with the best possible chance of reaching the Premier League.

Speaking as he presses ahead with his attempt to improve Bramall Lane’s attacking options before August’s Championship opener against Swansea City, the United manager admitted the plan to drive up standards will inevitably lead to casualties.

Outlining the potential dangers of a bloated squad, Wilder said: “We want to keep the numbers right. If people come in, that always means some others leave. Anyone who does go will, I believe, leave with a heavy heart. But we have to do what’s right by us and by them.”

Wilder, who earlier this week sanctioned Samir Carruthers’ loan move to Oxford, added: “That’s the way it is. That’s football, the way it has to be.”