Paul Heckingbottom makes bold statement on Sheffield United transfers ahead of January
Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom has revealed he wouldn’t be very worried if no new players arrive during the January transfer window, making the revelation to The star.
The Blades left most of their inbound business to the last minute of the summer, being forced to resume their 2021/22 campaign in the Championship without a single new signing and signing three of their four additions in the previous window to the over the past two days. .
While those additions had an instant impact, Morgan Gibbs-White established himself as a key cog in the South Yorkshire squad and Conor Hourihane provided two assists in a 3-1 win in the Outside at Hull City in mid-September, their inability to bring in players before the final stages of the summer has undoubtedly cost them dearly.
With their poor start to the season setting the tone for the remainder of ex-boss Slavisa Jokanovic’s tenure, it’s a lesson United will need to learn as January approaches, with one or two key areas to address in their bid. to maintain a push for promotion.
They are currently just six points away from the play-offs with a game on the line against most of the teams above them after seeing their draw against the Queens Park Rangers postponed amid a Covid outbreak. 19 in Mark Warburton’s camp, but hope to forget that and build on their good form after scoring 10 out of a possible 12 points in their last four league games.
Heckingbottom’s men may need a few additions to bolster their squad as they look to have as many senior options available as possible before the campaign ends, but the 44-year-old has revealed he is not bewildered by the prospect of not welcoming any new faces to the Bramall Lane gate during the winter.
When asked if he is preparing for this possibility, he noted: “Yes.
“I can’t see this happening because everyone is in a different situation, but it wouldn’t concern me.
“I was looking forward to working with the players. It’s a good group of players, so if that happened and we’re where we are now, I honestly believe in this group and don’t think we’ve seen them at their best yet.
“It’s our job to try to push and make sure we end the season stronger than we started, so no, that wouldn’t concern me.”
There are two ways you can look at his comments.
A more cynical person would say he is doing this because there may not be a huge sum to spend during the January window and wants to avoid disagreements with the club board over the budget that should be made available to them.
They sold Aaron Ramsdale in a £ 30million deal in the summer and given the conservative spending policy they adopted this summer, so far bringing only loans and a free agent to Adelene Guedioura this season. For this reason, Heckingbottom should have a decent amount of money to mark his authority over his team.
However, the fact that he says he would not be affected by the lack of a finish will give his players a major boost of confidence and that can only help them in their quest to extend their unbeaten run, all the more so. that they appear ready to face Fulham on Monday.
Under Jokanovic, the Blades appeared to be heading towards January, with the Serbian focusing on the additions, which arguably was detrimental to their cause. In all fairness though, the 53-year-old deserved a lot more support than he received.