SHEFFIELD UNITED: Chris Morgan backs youngsters

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CHRIS Morgan, Sheffield United’s first team and under-21 coach, has insisted a fresh wave of talent could be poised to roll off the club’s Shirecliffe production line.

Morgan, who works closely with United’s emerging players, made the claim after watching home-grown youngsters such as Joe Ironside, Terry Kennedy, Elliott Whitehouse and Callum McFadzean feature at first team level in recent weeks.

With striker Diego De Girolamo also selected in Italy’s squad for their Granatkin Memorial Cup campaign in Russia, Morgan said: “I believe there are a fair few lads coming through who, if they’re given the chance, could definitely do job.

“It’s been great seeing lads like Terry and Elliott, for example, do so well (against Doncaster) recently and then you saw Joe come on and arguably change the flow of the game.

“Don’t get me wrong, they’ve still got a lot to learn but they’re working with the first team lads everyday in training and that’s going to be a massive benefit to them.

“They’ll have seasoned professionals like Cressy (Richard Cresswell), Collo (Neill Collins) and Macca (Tony McMahon) growling at them but not in a bad way. Only because they know what it takes and they want these lads to do well.”

Harry Maguire and George Long, two of the most successful graduates from United’s academy in recent years, are now established members of Danny Wilson’s starting eleven.

De Girolamo made his international debut during Italy’s 2-1 victory over Belarus on Tuesday and was hoping to win his second youth cap against the hosts last night.

Morgan said: “The only way you really know if these lads are ready is by playing them in games but the gaffer has clearly got no fear about using them.”