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Sheffield United receive Coutts boost

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Wednesday 20 June 2018

SHEFFIELD UNITED manager Chris Wilder has revealed that Paul Coutts has been pencilled in for his long-awaited first-team return in a friendly next month – and is not ruling him out from being involved in the Blades’ Championship opener in early August.

The influential midfielder has been out of action since mid-November after suffering a fractured tibia in a horrific incident in the league victory at Burton Albion.

The 29-year-old has undergone seven months of intensive rehabilitation work since and is now coming to the end of his long road to recovery and is likely to be involved in action towards the end of pre-season.Wilder said: “Paul is really good. I am not going to say he will step in straight away but he is coming to Portugal (for a pre-season training camp). “Going into our our home (friendly) fixture in July, we are looking at him being involved. If not, he will be involved at Doncaster on the Friday (July 27) which is great news for us. “I am not saying he is going to be doing everything straight away but he will be doing the majority of stuff. It is not an unrealistic target for him to be involved on the opening day. Which is great for us.”

Sheffield United’s Paul Coutts lies injured after a serious leg injury during the Sky Bet Championship match at The Pirelli Stadium, Burton last November (Picture: PA).

Paul is really good. I am not going to say he will step in straight away but he is coming to Portugal (for a pre-season training camp).
Chris Wilder

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Chris Wilder's Sheffield United transfer update arguably couldn't be better

Second-season syndrome might be on the minds of some at Sheffield United but you can bet Chris Wilder won’t be having any of that.

The Blades arrived back in the Championship with style as they pushed all the way for promotion and narrowly missed out.

Some, then, might be worried that added expectation in 2018/19 could actually impede the club’s progression but Wilder will be looking to ensure no such decline takes place.

Indeed, he’ll be looking to only strengthen his squad this summer for another go at the top six and his latest transfer update – via Jonathan Buchan – should make for pleasing reading if you’re a Blade:

Just had a good chat with Chris Wilder, will post online later.

Confirms #SUFC do have bids in for players.

He says shutters are down on his core players, unless silly offers come in.

None of his squad, including Brooks, have expressed any desire to leave. #twitterblades

— Jonathan Buchan (@jonathanbuchan) June 20, 2018

The club, then, is making moves to get new faces in whilst they are also in a position where they do not need to sell unless silly money comes in.

Finally, David Brooks seems settled despite all the speculation and so, arguably, this news couldn’t get much better.

The Verdict

The Blades are looking good to keep their key men this summer and now all they need to do is add in the right areas.

A top six place isn’t out of the question for the men from Bramall Lane next season – especially with this news in mind.

Thoughts, Blades fans? Let us know below!

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Manchester United Goalkeeper Sent Out On Loan To Sheffield United: Good Move For All Parties?

Sheffield United have officially signed Manchester United’s Dean Henderson on a season-long loan deal. The 21-year-old becomes Chris Wilder’s first signing of the 2018 summer window as the Blades look to make a run for promotion in the upcoming season.

👏👏 Chris Wilder has made his first move in the summer transfer market, with the impressive signing of goalkeeper @deanhenderson from @ManUtd on a season-long loan. See https://t.co/JayUd5Svhm for details 🔴⚪️⚫️⚔️ #twitterblades #sufc #ForgedinSteel pic.twitter.com/jYoOX1SLxg

— Sheffield United (@SUFC_tweets) June 18, 2018

Speaking to ManUtd.com, Henderson said, “I can’t wait to go there to build on the last season I had at Shrewsbury. It’s in the division above and showing that progression by going on to the next bigger stage, in front of 30,000 passionate fans at Bramall Lane. I can’t wait to go there and perform and connect with them. I’m sure it will be a successful season.”

“Sheffield United are a massive club and it’s a massive city for football. They’ve got that rivalry with Sheffield Wednesday and I’m looking forward to those games coming up as well. I can’t wait to get there and push up the division.”

This could prove to be a lucrative move for all parties since Henderson clearly will not be favoured at Old Trafford. With David De Gea almost uncontested in the number one spot and Sergio Romero employed as the backup, the odds of goalkeeping prodigies one day shining for the Red Devils are woefully low.

Henderson is still only 21 and has enjoyed a rewarding spell with Shrewsbury Town the last term. He racked up 19 clean sheets in 44 appearances across all competitions. The Englishman has also been capped 13 times by his country’s U16, U17, U20 and U21 sides.

Henderson previously had also spent time away from Manchester with Grimsby Town and Stockport County. None of the other outfits could offer him such a prominent role as the Shrews did in the League One.

Now the Championship is a further step into the youngster’s playing career. United was the starting choice under Wilder the last

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‘Yessss’, ‘Great signing’ – fans excited as Man Utd agree deal for highly-rated 21-year-old to join Sheff Utd

We reported on Monday that Manchester United confirmed Dean Henderson had joined Sheffield United on a season-long loan and fans on both sides are delighted by the news.

Yessss

— ̡̧̧̘̲̠̣̳̣̜̗̞̜̘̖͓̠̲̞͕̯ͫ̑͒̎ͤ̿̉ (@LegendLeonard_) June 18, 2018

Great signing for you boys. We love him at United, He is extremely talented and down to earth 👍🏻

— Adam Salmons (@JoelVeerman) June 18, 2018

Quality addition 👌🏻

— Chris B (@chrisbrunt1988) June 18, 2018

Congrats & good luck with the loan pal great move for you. 👍👍

— Jason Mossop (@jasonmossop) June 19, 2018

What a signing that is 👏👏👏👏👏👏

— bulmer (@bulmer1889) June 18, 2018

Best goalkeeper in the league. Look after him.

— Sibs 🐝 (@SibsMUFC) June 18, 2018

The 21-year-old is highly-rated, having shone during a loan spell at Shrewsbury Town last season, and could have a bright future at Old Trafford if he can continue impressing in his stints away from the club. Sheffield United, who finished 10th in the Championship last season, have one of the best shot-stoppers in the division.

Henderson has embarked upon three loans in his career – Stockport County, Grimsby Town and Shrewsbury Town. It was at Shrewsbury where the England u21 international rose to prominence, keeping 19 clean sheets in 49 games for the League One side who reached the playoff final in his debut season.

His chances of first-team football are slim at Manchester United with David De Gea and Sergio Romero first and second-choice respectively under manager Jose Mourinho, so another loan move for Henderson is the best way for him to continue getting playing time. Should he impress for the Blades in 2018/19, Henderson could be a senior player for the Red Devils next year.

Stats from Transfermarkt.

 

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