Sheffield United: Talks are arranged to decide the next phase of these young players' careers
Slavisa Jokanovic will shortly decide which of Sheffield United’s youngsters to send out on loan next season in order to accelerate their education.
A number of recent Steelphalt Academy graduates, including Daniel Jebbison and Zak Brunt, were asked to attend last week’s training camp in Spain in order to be assessed by the Serb and his coaching staff.
Jokanovic is now set to call a strategy meeting with members of United’s development and recruitment departments, where they will attempt to plot development programmes for those regarded as potential first team players of the future. Although some will remain at Bramall Lane and work with Jokanovic next term, others will be placed with club’s lower down the EFL pyramid in order to gain experience.
“It is still very early days,” said Jokanovic, who officially took charge only four days before United established their base in Estepona. “But there are always young players who can come through. Age is not important. I don’t look at that. Personality? Yes, I do.”
Jebbison and Iliman Ndiaye, who both featured in Saturday’s friendly against Europa Point, will be hopeful of being handed opportunities to aid United’s push for promotion after being relegated from the Premier League last term. George Broadbent, who finished the previous campaign on loan with sister-club Beerschot, also took part while Femi Serki caught the eye after being introduced at half-time.
Rhys Norrington-Davies, Tyler Smith and Regan Slater, who also progressed through United’s youth system before turning professional, have all completed loan spells elsewhere in the past and are scheduled to discuss their immediate futures with Jokanovic over the coming days.