Sheffield United: Diego tipped to be a big hit

Diego De Girolamo will benefit from a spell on loan, says Nigel Clough � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Diego De Girolamo will benefit from a spell on loan, says Nigel Clough � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
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Sheffield United’s Diego De Girolamo is poised to make his York City debut against Newport County tomorrow after joining the League Two club on loan, writes James Shield.

De Girolamo completed a temporary transfer to Bootham Crescent yesterday, less than 48 hours after starting United’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at Hartlepool in midweek.

Speaking ahead of City’s visit to South Wales, manager Nigel Worthington said: “He will probably play up front and, hopefully, float around the big man, pick things up and drive at the opposition defenders.

“He’s a regular in the Italian youth set-up and he’s a good talent. He had a nasty injury about 18 months ago, which set him back a little bit, but we’ve watched him on a few occasions and he played against us in pre-season.”

De Girolamo, who damaged ligaments in a knee during a friendly against Austria, is rated as one of the most exciting talents to graduate from United’s Redtooth Academy in recent seasons. Speaking earlier this month, Nigel Clough insisted the teenager’s development would be accelerated by experiencing “regular action” elsewhere before returning to Bramall Lane.

Worthington, who expects to partner De Girolamo with fellow loanee Ryan Brunt, added: “He’s bright, reads the game well, likes to dribble and is always looking to get a shot off. He will also join in with the other players around him and link-up.

“We’ve been keeping tabs on him for about six or seven weeks and it was just a case of when Nigel Clough was ready to let him out on loan.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1