There’ll be talk of Harry Maguire and Matt Lowton moving up the leagues after the devastating blow of Sheffield United missing out on promotion. But my advice to them is that they could be better off staying put and I hope they do.
In fairness to the club, if good offers come in then they have to start thinking about looking to other players coming through the youth system. But I believe Bramall Lane is still a very good place for outstanding youngsters like Harry and Matt. They’ve been given their chance by United, they are established in the team and they can continue their development there. The problem is that agents can tell players something else.
If an agent is really looking at the player’s interests then he might be telling the likes of Maguire and Lowton to stay. On the other hand, he might be thinking of his bonuses if a transfer takes place. In my opinion, young players can leave too early. Look at Jordan Slew, who went to Blackburn last summer and has hardly been heard of since. Lads like Jordan can find they are no better than what a Premier League club already has and end up out on loan somewhere.
Some agents get into the players ears and get their confidence to such an extent that they are almost parental figures. I’m not an agent and I have no intention of every being one. I speak as a player who could have been given better advice in his career.
As to whether there’s going to be much movement, it’s wait and see. Others like Stephen Quinn, Kevin McDonald and Lee Williamson can also play at a higher level. But they are League One players as things stand. There’s no point in people feeling sorry for themselves. It’s up to these players to get the club going again.
When it comes to strengthening the squad it’s a bit of a throwback to my day when Tony Agana and myself were signed. United will have to look for bargains, people who are capable of playing higher. It’s about spotting these gems.
My fear going into last weekend was a struggle for goals and so it proved. It was always going to be difficult without a player in Ched Evans who could score goals out of nothing. One good thing is that there is no question mark over the manager after missing out and nor should there be. Kevin McCabe stuck his neck out in employing Danny Wilson, who has done a good job. I don’t think it would ever have crossed Kevin’s mind to make a change. Let’s hope the club keep backing Danny.
@deanobri1968 was talking to @AlanBiggs1. Follow them on Twitter.
lA big thank you to both Brian Deane and Lee Bullen (@BullenFootball) for their insight on the local football season. More star columns to come next season.