Sheffield United: Louis Reed’s Blades target

Louis Reed hopes to win his place back in Sheffield United's starting eleven 
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Louis Reed hopes to win his place back in Sheffield United's starting eleven �2016 Sport Image all rights reserved

Louis Reed hopes his performances for England can catapult him back into Sheffield United’s starting 11.

The midfielder won his latest caps after being selected in the under-20s squad which faced Holland, Germany and the USA during a four-team tournament earlier this month.

Chris Wilder wants to give youth a chance. Pic Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Chris Wilder wants to give youth a chance. Pic Simon Bellis/Sportimage

After enduring a frustrating start to the new League One season, Reed hopes his impressive displays on the international stage will persuade United manager Chris Wilder he is also worthy of an opportunity at Bramall Lane.

“It’s about impressing as many people as you can,” Reed said. “I’ve not had much game-time for the first team so any chance I can to show what I can do is good. My aim is to get back into the side at United. Hopefully I can show what I’ve got in my locker and get that place back.”

Reed, aged 19, has not started a league match since Wilder’s appointment in May. Despite his recent lack of exposure at domestic level, the teenager was called up by Young Lions coach Paul Williams alongside teammate Harry Chapman and former United striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Reed, who played the first half of Monday’s win over the USA at Spotland, also started last week’s meeting with Holland.

Louis Reed has been working hard since pre-season

Louis Reed has been working hard since pre-season

“It’s always good to be playing, whether its for your club or your country,” Reed said. “It’s good to be back with my old mate, Dom. We got on really well. Working with different people and players always helps to improve your experience and ability.”

Reed became the youngest ever player to represent United in a league fixture when, aged 16, he made his senior debut against Rotherham two years ago.

Despite signing a new long-term contract on the eve of last season, he has found chances in short supply this term after Paul Coutts, John Fleck and Chris Basham cemented their places in Wilder’s plans. Basham is unavailable when Port Vale visit Bramall Lane this weekend due to suspension but could return when United face Shrewsbury Town next week.

Unless Reed’s situation changes, United could consider allowing him to depart on loan in January, although Wilder is keen to keep enough cover for injuries.

“I’ve always maintained it’s about the group, not just the lads who are in the side or on the bench on matchdays,” he said recently.

“The rest have got to train well, push themselves hard and be ready to step in when required. If they do all of those things, then there’s a very good chance they will keep their place.”