With most Sheffield United fans thinking that Jake Wright was off this January transfer window until a deal with Scunthorpe United fell down, manager Chris Wilder has explained that there’s no rush at all to get the 32-year-old out of the doors at Bramall Lane and he’d be perfectly happy if he stayed.
Speaking to the Star, Wilder confirmed that it was unfortunate the deal had fallen down and that he did still expect the player to move on this window given the number of clubs that had expressed an interest, but it was down to Wright himself to make a decision and if a deal wasn’t right, he’d be going nowhere.
“Jake has got that natural leadership and ability to step into our group and play. If nothing takes Jake’s fancy, then he’ll stay with us. If nothing sits right with us, then he’ll stay with us and contribute. You know what Jake is like, he’s low maintenance and everyone here is contributing to what we are doing.”
Given how far the 32-year-old has fallen down the pecking order, he hasn’t played a single game in the 2018/19 campaign, some might think it’s a strange set of words but it just makes sense to me as Wilder has to cover every option. Given his efforts in our shirt, even if he doesn’t have a future here it sets the right tone.