Nigel Adkins has revealed his team are playing for their futures at Bramall Lane.
Adkins, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s League One fixture with Millwall, made the admission after conceding Sheffield United’s first team squad will be “too big” when key names such as Ryan Flynn, John Brayford and Bob Harris return from injury.
“You’ve got to make tough decisions and that’s what I’ll do,” Adkins told The Star. “I’ve never shied away from those.
“All the players know I’ll be honest with them. Everyone wants to play all the time but the fact is, when everyone is fit, we have got too many players. Competition for places is always healthy but I’m the one whose going to have to come to those decisions.”
Despite outlining plans for a mid-season cull, Adkins indicated he would prefer those on the periphery of his starting eleven to depart on loan “so they can get games and be available if and when we need them.”
“Every week, more of less, we’ve just had the starting eleven and the seven for the bench available,” he added. “How many times have we been able to say they are players sat in the stands who are ready to play?
“Likewise, there has to be people ready to come in and take the shirts. The most important thing, though, is doing what’s right by Sheffield United. The club is bigger than anything else.”