Norrington-Davies reportedly considered long-term replacement for O'Connell at Sheffield United
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Norrington-Davies reportedly considered long-term replacement for O'Connell at Sheffield United

Rhys Norrington-Davies is considered as a long-term replacement for Jack O’Connell at Sheffield United – reports The Sheffield Star.

The youngster signed a new contract last week to extend his stay at Bramall Lane until 2024.

Norrington-Davies has impressed this season while on loan at Luton Town in the Championship and with the Wales national team.

The defender earned his first senior cap for his country in October and now has three in total.

This led to reported interest in Norrington-Davies from Burnley, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion. But the Blades appear to have fended that off for now with this new deal.


What is the plan now for Norrington-Davies at Sheffield United?

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Manager Chris Wilder says the Welshman will not be recalled early from his season-loan from Luton in January.

With United struggling at the bottom of the Premier League, there were some calls to bring Norrington-Davies back to the club.

Especially as the left side of defence is a particular problem. With Jack O’Connell injured, Phil Jagielka became the sixth player already this term to play on the left of the back three at the weekend as Wilder’s side lost 3-0 at Southampton.

Enda Stevens, Max Lowe and Ben Osborn have all featured at left wing-back as well.

Upon signing his new contract, Norrington-Davies says these are two roles he can play in. Possibly hinting to Wilder he’s ready to be given an opportunity.

And while the 53-year-old won’t be handing it to Norrington-Davies in 2020/21, the United boss does have big plans for the future.

Generally considered a left-back currently, Wilder does envisage the Wales international playing in central defence going forwards.

In fact, Norrington-Davies is thought as a long-term successor to O’Connell.

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