Sheffield United: All the major taking points from today’s press conference before the Birmingham City clash

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder and defender Chris Basham met with the media today ahead of tomorrow night’s Championship encounter at home to Birmingham City.

Here’s a run-down of the main issues.

CHRIS WILDER

John Fleck – Expected to be fit for tomorrow’s game, will go through a ‘clearance session’ today. Big player for United.

Marvin Johnson and Conor Washington – Will be involved shortly, add depth and quality to the group. Whether tomorrow or Saturday, sure there’ll be changes, made the group stronger in the window.

Demands on new players? – Look at their stats and condition when they come in, Marvin and Conor both played a fair bit of football for their clubs, Cranie different because not played a lot, won’t take long to get him up to speed

Chris Wilder

Chris Wilder

Birmingham City – Very competitive side, they could easily have won three or four of their games, not crisis time there. Excellent manager and a lot of outstanding players that they’ve invested in.

Embargo – Didn’t affect them unbelievably, not left with a load of kids who don’t know the division. Reels off a list of names including Jota, Che Adams and Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Last season – They were better than United on the day and deserved the points. They did great to get out of the position they were in when Garry Monk arrived.

Championship strength – Very competitive, really tight division and reputations go by the wayside sometimes. Lot of big, famos, historical clubs that want to get back in the Premier League, whether better quality than last year remains to be seen…

Another Wolves? You never know, depends if someone clicks and goes on a run. Haven’t got a crystal ball.

CHRIS BASHAM

Defeat at weekend – Disappointed because we created chances, draw would have been fair but take it on the chin and move on to Wednesday, good thing we don’t have to wait a while for another game

Suckerpunched? – With us winning four in a row, defeat hurts but quick turnaround is good, boys in good spirits and ready to fight

Championship – Very difficult this year, Wolves and Fulham very good last season, anyone can beat anyone in this league, still in there fighting and only three points off the top

Birmingham – Watched them a few times now and with a bit of clinical finishing they’d be right up there, disappointed they haven’t done that, it’ll be a tough game and Garry’s an experienced manager, they’ll stick by him I’m sure but we’ve got to concentrate on ourselves

Future – Manager spoke to us about that, very comfortable in position I’m in, things take time in football and sure it’ll get done soon enough, love it here so it’ll come when it comes