Paul Heckingbottom has confirmed that Sander Berge is out for the time being meaning Sheffield United could finally hand Zak Brunt a debut.
The 19-year-old midfielder has been one of the standout performers at under-23 level this season. And that takes some doing, given United’s youngsters have been so impressive across the board.
A former Matlock Town player who had a spell with Derby County, Brunt is widely-regarded inside Bramall Lane as someone who has all the tools to succeed.
United have seriously lacked goals from midfield this season. In fact, the usually selected trio of John Lundstram, Oliver Norwood, and John Fleck, have yet to score all season. The aforementioned Berge has one to his name from the spot, against Liverpool.
It’s an area the Blades need to address in the summer. Lundstram is on his way out anyway, while Berge is being tipped to join Arsenal for big money.
Surely, then, Paul Heckingbottom needs to give Brunt his chance at Everton tomorrow and then again against Burnley on the final day of the season.
Zak Brunt to get Sheffield United chance at Everton?
Manager Paul Heckingbottom has already said this week that a number of young players have been training with the squad. Daniel Jebbison is likely to be one, alongside Brunt.
With Sander Berge out, Lundstram surely never to be seen again (fingers crossed, eh?), and no obvious replacement in the middle of the park, Brunt is certainly someone who Heckingbottom could turn to.
Naturally, the interim Blades boss will want to pick his strongest side. This will likely mean Ben Osborn coming in, in all honesty.
But with just two games left of this miserable campaign, would it really hurt for fans to get a glimpse of Brunt in the remaining 180 minutes? If you ask most Blades, you’d likely get the same answer from most.