Before Christmas and back last April I wrote about the Sheffield United story. Chris Wilder’s approach has been to largely source talent from the UK and Republic of Ireland talent pool. The signing of Sander Berge recently was a rare departure from their past strategy. Of course, budget limitations may have been the source of this strategy and with the Blades having virtually secured their Premier League position for next year, the purse strings may have been loosened.
After yesterdays win Sheffield United are two points off the top 4 with an extra fixture played. Wilder’s side are going closer to 'doing a ‘Moneyball', right’?
The chart below shows the relationship between total points and average annual salary by club. This is sourced from talksport via a sport intelligence survey (take from it what you will)
Sheffield United have the lowest average player salary in the league (£728,000). To stick to the Moneyball rhetoric, they appear to be “buying wins at a discount”.