IT was supposed to be a game-changer. The hammer which smashed the most precious jewel in Sheffield United’s crown. Render a decade’s worth of hard work a complete and utter irrelevance.
John Stephenson admits the new Elite Player Performance Plan, which supposedly skews youth development in the Premier League’s favour, poses a challenge for the South Yorkshire club.
But, United’s head of football operations told The Star, steps have already been taken to ensure they are overcome. A system responsible for producing the likes of Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker in recent seasons is, he insisted, still well placed to flourish.