Febian Brandy and Lyle Taylor could discover their Sheffield United futures later this month as manager Nigel Clough presses ahead with his makeover of the League One club’s first team squad, writes James Shield.
The attacking duo, who were both allowed to depart on loan following Clough’s appointment in October, are expected to hold talks with the former England international and his coaching staff after completing spells with Walsall and Partick Thistle respectively.
Although Clough declined to elaborate on his plans when pressed on the matter last week - “The players, whoever they may be, will always be the first to know my thoughts” - it is understood briefings with the likes of Brandy, Taylor and Shaun Miller are set to take place shortly.
Miller agreed a temporary transfer to Shrewsbury Town during the closing stages of last season in a bid to improve his sharpness after returning from serious injury.
Like Taylor, Brandy was recruited soon after Clough’s predecessor David Weir was unveiled as Danny Wilson’s permanent replacement during the build-up to the 2013/14 season. Signed from Walsall, the 25-year-old made 20 appearances and scored four goals after duly returning to the Banks’s Stadium.
Taylor, aged 24, netted seven times for Alan Archibald’s side as Thistle secured their Scottish Premier League status next term.
Archibald, the former Dundee United defender, has admitted he would like to sign Taylor on a permanent basis with fellow striker Kris Doolan also endorsing his interest in the United marksman.
“When Lyle arrived it was at a time when we needed another striker,” Doolan said. “That’s a lot of pressure for one person to handle so it was good Lyle could take some of that from me.
“I then went out of the team which wasn’t good for me but I’m back scoring again and finishing the season strongly. But Lyle’s done well and hopefully the club can do a deal to keep him.”
Meanwhile, tickets are still on sale for Sunday’s fundraiser between a United Legends XI and a team of television celebrities from Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street at Bramall Lane.
Chris Morgan, Keith Curle, Chris Wilder and Rob Hulse are among those set to represent United during the match which kicks-off at 1pm.
Entry is priced £6 adults and £1 under-16’s with proceeds donated to Prostate Cancer UK and the Once Upon a Smile Foundation.