Chris Wilder is continuing to explore potential loan signings ahead of the new League One season.
The Sheffield United manager, who included trialist Alex Davey in the team which faced Handsworth Parramore last night, has admitted he wants to build relationships with top-flight clubs as part of a plan to attract their young players to Bramall Lane.
Although Wilder is adamant the strategy will not have an adverse effect upon United’s Steelphalt Academy - “We’ll always put our own lads first” - he said: “We’re still looking at a little bit of business in the loan market. We still feel there are a few areas where we might be a little bit light if we get some injuries.”
Davey, a centre-half, joined Chelsea over a decade ago and has previously completed loan spells with both Scunthorpe United and Peterborough United. The 21-year-old finished last season with Norwegian’s Stabaek Fotball and, despite being born in Hertfordshire, is a former Scotland youth international.
Although Wilder has yet to reach a decision on Davey’s future, he admitted: “The things we’re looking at doing might take a little bit of time with players going out.”
United, despite recruiting James Wilson, Jack O’Connell and Jake Wright snr earlier this summer, are still exploring the possibility of adding another defender to their squad before next weekend’s visit to Bolton Wanderers. A central midfielder also features on Wilder’s wanted-list but youngsters Louis Reed and Ben Whiteman have been reasurred they both feature in his plans.
Wigan Athletic’s Sam Morsy is thought to be a possible option in the temporary transfer market, despite sources close to the player insisting he has no desire to part company with Gary Caldwell’s side; even on a temporary basis.
“James (Wallace) has had a few issues in pre-season,” Wilder said. “Ben and Louis are two young lads I really like. In that area, if we lose one of the enforcers as it were, though, we might have to mix things up a bit which ideally you don’t want to be doing. So that’s a question I might be asking again.”