Sheffield United youngster, David Parkhouse, has joined Hartlepool United on loan until January – reports The Northern Echo.
Parkhouse signed a new contract with the Blades until 2022 midway through last season. This was after impressing on loan in his native Northern Ireland with Derry City.
Parkhouse scored 19 goals in all competitions for the League of Ireland team to finish as their top scorer in 2019. This led to interest from Celtic, who apparently made contact with the striker’s agent over a potential move to Scotland. Blackburn Rovers and Everton were also thought to be keen.
As they are technically a foreign club, Parkhouse could have signed a pre-contract agreement with the Hoops after entering the final year of his current deal at Bramall Lane.
That was due to expire in the summer of 2020 and the 20-year-old was unsure about extending his stay. That was because Parkhouse was unsure if he would get the first team opportunities under Chris Wilder.
In the end, the Northern Ireland Under-21 international changed his mind and put pen to paper. He was then swiftly sent on loan to Stevenage in League Two. Yet he failed to score in four appearances as they finished bottom of the division.
When will Parkhouse get his Sheffield United wish?
Despite Parkhouse apparently wanting to break into the United first team, that seems some way off as things stand. The forward has actually dropped down a tier since his time at Boro, with Hartlepool in the National League.
Parkhouse will turns 21 next month. While that is admittedly still young, it’s often when players really start to make a breakthrough.
Rhian Brewster – whom the Blades have been strongly linked with – for instance, is the same age but scored 11 goals in 20 games in the Championship last term for Swansea City.
Parkhouse may have extended his time with United, but when he will actually play for them – if ever – looks like a distant prospect.