Sheffield United: Adkins to invest time in youth

Louis Reed is an example of Sheffield United's impressive academy production
Louis Reed is an example of Sheffield United's impressive academy production
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Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins is hopeful that his experience at previous clubs will help the Blades’ maintain their impressive production line of talent from the Redtooth Academy.

The past year has seen the likes of Connor Dimaio, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Otis Khan and most notably England under 18 international Louis Reed make the breakthrough, joining a long line of talent to come out of the youth ranks.

And having met with Academy chief Nick Cox, since taking charge last week, ex-Scunthorpe, Southampton and Reading boss Adkins is keen to see the wheels of that conveyor belt continue to roll.

“There are valuable lessons to be learnt from the last clubs we have been at, how we have been able to progress the youngsters at Scunthorpe United and Southampton and at Reading,” he said.

“There has been players coming through the academy into the first team and I am very conscious of that. I have already had a meeting with Nick Cox, the head of the academy here, as I have with people from many of the departments and I am looking forward to building that relationship.

“There’s no guarantees of the players coming through but obviously we have got experience, myself, Andy Crosby and Dean Wilkins at previous clubs at giving players opportunities, by helping that enviornment so that they can progress.”

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