Sheffield United: Manager Clough outlines Diego decision

Diego De Girolamo could feature for Sheffield United in the FA Cup this weekend � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Diego De Girolamo could feature for Sheffield United in the FA Cup this weekend � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
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Nigel Clough has explained why Sheffield United refused to extend Diego De Girolamo’s stay with York City, writes James Shield.

Russ Wilcox, the League Two club’s manager, claimed earlier this week that the Italy young international had been granted permission to remain at Bootham Crescent until after his team’s FA Cup tie against AFC Wimbledon this weekend.

But Clough, whose side visit Crewe Alexandra in the first round of the competition on Saturday, said: “Diego is a good young striker who has shown he’s good enough for their first team. We want to see if he is ready for our one.

“We know he’s a talent but we just felt that he needed to be in that environment, where it really matters, to bring him along even more. You can’t replicate the fact that livelihoods depend on results in the under-21’s.

“We’ve spoken with Russ and he was pleased with how Diego has carried himself. Going out on loan is often a vitally important part of a footballer’s development for precisely that reason.”

De Girolamo, who scored three goals in four appearances during his spell in North Yorkshire, is expected to feature in the United squad which travels to Gresty Road before facing Walsall in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy next week.

A decision on whether to let him rejoin City will be taken following their return from the Midlands.

Clough said: “Diego clearly enjoyed it and got good experience there which is exactly what we wanted. He’s also seen a change of manager there too, when Nigel (Worthington) who initially took him there, went.

“In a strange sort of way, seeing that sort of change will also underline how important it is to work for results. What can depend on them.”

“It might be the case, after the FA Cup game and our one in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Walsall next week, that we feel it would be beneficial for him to go out on loan again. If so, then it would make sense for Diego to go back there.

“But that’s for later. We’ll see how he goes here first.”

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