Among the misery and deflation of the Sheffield United first-team this season, the under-23s and 18s continue to give hope for a bright future.
The Blades Academy is already one famed for developing players and producing stars who go right to the top. The last few decades have seen the likes of Phil Jagielka, Kyle Walker, Dom Calvert-Lewin, and Harry Maguire all go on to be England regulars. Others, too, have forged good careers, with the likes of Michael Tonge, Kyle Naughton, and now Aaron Ramsdale, doing well.
And with Jack Lester at the helm, it seems United are ready to unleash a number of new prospects in the coming months and years. We’ve already written this week how Darren Currie was impressed with Harry Boyes.
But on the opposite side to Boyes is flying teenage wing-back, Femi Sekiri, who is making waves in the under-23s with his blistering displays.
Who is Sheffield United youngster Femi Sekiri?
A flying right-back or wing-back with searing pace and natural athleticism, Sekiri is already ticking a lot of boxes at youth level.
This, despite being just 18. Sekiri has been seen in recent weeks bombing up and down the right-hand side for United. Crucially, he seems to have a bit of final product about him. He’s scored twice in recent weeks, including one this week as the under-23s won 2-0 at Cardiff City.
Darren Currie described his performance in that game as ‘outstanding’ and among a team of impressive youngsters, Sekiri is certainly standing out.
The teenager might well be one who we see progress quickly through the ranks. Of course, we have Jayden Bogle who himself is just 20. But United’s maintstay at right wing-back, George Baldock, might well be looking over his shoulder at the young pair.
Like Walker and Naughton before him, Sekiri will be hoping for a chance in United’s attacking 3-5-2 formation. He seems tailor made for it, and with a few more performances like he’s shown of late, he’ll be knocking on the door in the Championship next term.