Two more Sheffield United youngsters called up to first-team squad: Who are Femi Seriki and Harry Boyes?

Two more promising youngsters from Sheffield United’s academy have been given a taste of life in and around the first team this evening after being called up for United’s trip to Newcastle United.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 5:53 pm
Harry Boyes of Sheffield United with the PDL North trophy: Andrew Yates / Sportimage

Harry Boyes and Femi Seriki, wing-backs in United’s title-winning U23 squad, have been named on the bench at St. James’ Park after George Baldock was ruled out through injury.

Boyes, a left wing-back, is 19 and signed for United in July 2018 after eight years with Manchester City.

Born in Barnsley, he has one goal in 17 appearances for the U23s this season and had a successful loan spell with Bradford Park Avenue earlier this season.

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He will wear the number 36 shirt.

Seriki joined United in 2019 after the sad demise of Bury, and will wear No.40. Just 18 years old, he was born in Manchester and has been in superb form for the U23s this season, with his trademark runs forward from right-back a feature of United’s success.

He has five goals in 24 U23 appearances this season.

Fellow youngsters Zak Brunt and Kyron Gordon are also named on the Blades’ bench, while 17-year-old striker Daniel Jebbison keeps his place up front after netting the winner on Saturday against Everton at Goodison Park.

Femi Seriki loves to get forward: Andrew Yates / Sportimage

Paul Heckingbottom, United’s U23 boss, has regularly fielded questions about playing more youngsters since he assumed interim charge following Chris Wilder’s departure earlier this year, but has regularly maintained that players must be good enough to earn the chance and will only be given first-team exposure on merit, not sentimentality.