Rhys Norrington-Davies shines again for Stoke - but what's next for him at Sheffield United?

With Sheffield United on the verge of a return to the Championship after two seasons in the top-flight, Blades fans have understandably started to turn their attentions towards next season.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 12:58 pm

And while a lot of the focus is on how many of Chris Wilder's current crop of Bramall Lane stars he can keep at Bramall Lane, there is also a fair bit of excitement about a player currently plying his trade elsewhere.

Rhys Norrington-Davies a senior Wales international who came through United's academy, made a name for himself earlier this season on loan at Luton, before being recalled in January and sent back out on a temporary basis, to Stoke City.

The 21-year-old has continued to shine for Michael O'Neill's men, and scored his first goal of the season at the weekend in a 2-0 win over Wycombe.

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Seen in the long-term as a player capable of playing the Jack O'Connell role for United, many Blades want Norrington-Davies to return to Bramall Lane in the summer and challenge for the left wing-back role.

But it's an area that United are well stocked in, with Enda Stevens, Max Lowe and Ben Osborn already in the squad - so Chris Wilder and Co. will have a decision to make there this summer.

Asked after the Wycombe game if Norrington-Davies could return to Stoke next season, O'Neill said: "There’s a lot of water to go under the bridge before we even think about that.

Stoke City's Rhys Norrington-Davies (right) celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game as Wycombe Wanderers goalkeeper David Stockdale looks dejected: Barrington Coombs/PA Wire.

“The loan deals we brought in January were based on where the market was at that point in time. It’s a totally different market in the summer.

“We’ll have to see what we do with our returning loan players as well.

“The most important thing is that these lads come here and have a good experience, if they want to look at that option again that they see it as a positive option to go back to.

“But ultimately that decision lies with their parent club as well.”

Norrington-Davies' goal came after a neat one-two with Steven Fletcher before finishing neatly down the middle.

“Rhys is a player who needs to play on the front foot," O'Neill added. "He steps into the game and he’s decisive."