Chris Wilder has admitted he has no issue with throwing Jayden Bogle in when the time is right but for the moment, wants his experienced players in the first XI.
Bogle has yet to feature for the Blades in the league since signing from Derby in the summer. Max Lowe, on the other hand, has stepped in as United’s issues down the left continue.
But Wilder, speaking ahead of this weekend’s clash with Leicester, explained why he has – so far – resisted the temptation to bring Bogle into the fold.
“We’ve had far too many changes to that back five to make another one, especially with a young player,” Wilder told the Sheffield Star.
“I want my experienced players to play. That’s not to say we haven’t got faith in Jayden and if George got injured, or I decided he wasn’t doing enough, then he’d go in.”
The aforementioned Baldock has been one of the better players for the Blades this term, albeit he did miss a sitter last weekend.
Bogle, meanwhile, at just 20, will have to sit and bide his time. And although Lowe is playing, Wilder has previously admitted the left-back is in too early for his liking.
Bogle’s time will come, you can’t drop Baldock
For all our struggles and lack of points this season, nobody can question the effort and desire of George Baldock. He’s been everywhere and then dead on his feet at the end of most games.
Yes, he should score last week but that has gone now. Bogle may have got a chance had we been flying high again, but we aren’t, and Wilder is right in the sense we need our experienced heads.
Bogle is a long-term investment and regardless of what happens, will prove a good Sheffield United player for the future.