Sheffield United striker Tyler Smith has got off to a fine start with Swindon, as the forward prepares to spend the season down in League One.
Smith, who has been in and around the first-team on occasion for the Blades, joined Swindon this summer after seeing a host of new names brought in to Bramall Lane once again, hindering his progress of a first-team chance.
And the 21-year-old, who spent last season with Bristol Rovers and then Rochdale, has got himself off to a flying start at the County Ground.
This weekend’s 3-1 win over Rochdale saw him net his second goal in just three appearances, having scored in the EFL Trophy against West Brom just last week. Given the striker only scored five times throughout last term, it is a positive start for Smith.
Smith is among a number of players who could enjoy loan spells away from United this term. Sam Graham has moved to Notts County, while Rhys Norrington-Davies has taken a step up in class to to move for Luton, after impressing at Rochdale.
Finally, Regan Slater could well be allowed out on loan by Chris Wilder. Despite being given a squad number, first-team chances are likely to be at a premium, meaning a Championship move could be on the cards for Slater.
Good to see and hopefully more to come
All we can ask from our young loan stars is that they go out and work hard and try to impress those at Bramall Lane.
Smith’s start in a Swindon shirt is ideal, while Norrington-Davies should slot in nicely for Luton.
It’s probably one of the only things United fans can look at and point as not being a massive success under Wilder, the emergence of young players. But, in fairness, he did have to sell Dom Calvert-Lewin early on, as he did with Aaron Ramsdale. Then, when he did get David Brooks involved, he was quickly snapped up.
Hopefully, Smith, Norrington-Davies, and others can continue to impress this term and prove themselves worthy of a shot at Bramall Lane or make themselves a saleable asset.