Chris Wilder says Che Adams is fully focused on Sheffield United’s game against Bolton Wanderers tomorrow, despite continued speculation about his future at Bramall Lane.
But Wilder, who labelled United’s visit to the Macron Stadium as the “stand-out” fixture of League One’s opening weekend, advised his players to avoid using social media after seeing defender John Brayford also caught-up in a Twitter storm.
Brayford was forced to delete his account after a message, purportedly claiming he had left the club, was published on the internet earlier this week.
Adams, who fell victim to a similar hoax last month, is being monitored by Birmingham City and Wilder said: “That’s why I stay unbelievably well clear of things like that, of social media. It’s the unfortunate age we live in, you see the good and the bad.
“But the players are focused. They are getting their heads down and want to win. I am 100 per cent certain, 100 per cent sure, that we don’t have anybody who isn’t fully committed and focused on this group.”
Wilder yesterday confirmed that Adams, who has been the subject of two failed bids from City, will join his United team mates in Lancashire “unless something happens in the next 24 to 48 hours.” Officials at St Andrews are deliberating whether to improve upon their most recent offer, worth £1.7m, before the end of the transfer window. The England youth international also counts Wigan Athletic among his admirers.
Wilder said: “There are no injuries which is surprising because training has been aggressive. It’s competitive. There might be a few mistimed tackles on the day and hopefully the referee will understand that. We won’t get bullied but we want to play good football too.”
United could award debuts to seven new players, including John Fleck and Leon Clarke, after a busy summer in the transfer market.
Wilder, who was appointed after winning promotion with Northampton Town last term, said: “It’s the way we work, whatever club we’ve been at. It’s our principles and our plan. It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish. I truly believe this group will get better as the season goes on but there’s no reason why we can’t do well to begin with.
“We don’t want to be playing catch-up. With the standing of the opposition - two big clubs in a division they shouldn’t be in but are - with the players on show, this is the stand-out game in the division. There are some talented players on show but it’s all about team.”