It’s been claimed this week that Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is looking for the Blades to build a mini-empire and forge closer links with local lower league neighbours where the mutual development of the tie in would be greater and more advanced development progress for our youngsters at Bramall Lane.
The Star reported this week that they believed the plans have been formulated over the past few weeks and it relates to Wilder using the November international break to watch Chesterfield more closely as opposed to assessing any potential January transfer window targets. Presumably, he and his staff have been looking at clubs for styles of play that would suit particular youngsters more to encourage and increase changes of game time.
The above report carries quotes from Wilder discussing the importance of ‘proper football’ so you can certainly see where he’s coming from.
With a number of youngsters out on loan learning their trade, having a more local tie in for scouting and support reasons is certainly a good idea and it should be mutually beneficial where all parties gain and that can be no bad thing.