Sheffield United: Cuvelier set for chance to stake claim

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Florent Cuvelier has been told he will be granted the opportunity to earn a place in Sheffield United’s starting 11, despite failing to make an impact under new manager Nigel Clough.

The Belgian, a summer signing from Stoke City, was an unused substitute during last weekend’s FA Cup success over Cambridge United and could be named on the bench again when the South Yorkshire club return to action against Swindon Town this weekend.

But Clough, dismissing suggestions that Cuvelier has been frozen out of his plans, said: “To be honest, for one reason or another, it’s just been difficult to get Florent out there on the pitch.

“(Michael) Doyle and (Stephen) McGinn have formed an excellent partnership in midfield and in general things are quite settled there with Conor (Coady) doing well, albeit in an unfamiliar role, too.

“However, as we maintained when we came here, everyone will get the chance to show us what they can do.”

Cuvelier, recruited by Clough’s predecessor, David Weir, has played only six minutes of football since the 47-year-old’s appointment eight matches ago.

But, pointing to the re-emergence of Jamie Murphy and Jose Baxter in recent weeks, Clough added: “You never know what is going to happen. That means you’ve got to be ready when the chance comes around.”