Sheffield United: Injured Matt Hill tips Blades starlets to flourish

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THROUGHOUT the 2012/13 season, Sheffield United have relied heavily on youngsters to fill their bench quota.

With limited resources at his disposal, it is likely Blades Danny Wilson will have to continue putting his faith in the club’s pool of youth talent. Many have adapted well to the step up. George Long and Harry Maguire, two of the club’s academy startlets, have established themselves as permanent fixtures in the first-team set-up in the last 18 months.

Terry Kennedy, Elliott Whitehouse and Joe Ironside are the latest in the long line of players to come off the Bramall Lane conveyor belt. The trio all featured in the club’s fortuitous draw at Doncaster Rovers last week.

Wilson has no qualms of giving youth a chance and injured United defender Matt Hill is adamant the League One side will benefit in the long-term from this approach.

“It is a lot to ask of youngsters to come into a promotion battle,” said Hill, who broke his jaw in an aerial clash in the FA Cup triumph at Oxford United. “But the only way they can learn is by playing games. The manager believes in the young lads and so do we.”

Hill, who is expected to be ruled out for six weeks, added: “We have got good young lads who can step in and do well. Experience can be key but young and energetic players also help.”