The Blades could have another young superstar on their hands it seems in Antwoine Hackford, who has been named in the Guardian’s prestigious list of ‘Next Generation’ talents.
Hackford, who has already featured in and around the first-team at Bramall Lane, only turned 16 this year but is thought to be highly-regarded by the management team at Shirecliffe.
Chris Wilder took Hackford with him in pre-season, and even gave him a run-out before sending him back into the youth and under-23s for further development.
But according to the Guardian, it looks like United could have quite the player on their hands. Descriped as a ‘rapid striker’ who is ‘highly-rated by Wilder’, Hackford features among 20 top young Premier League players.
The teenager will be hoping to make a splash this season and bang in the goals at youth level. And with United struggling for goals at first-team level, he might even sniff an opportunity.
United have a rich history of producing and developing young players. The likes of Phil Jagielka, Kyle Walker, and Harry Maguire have all gone to be England regulars, while David Brooks and the recently returned Aaron Ramsdale are more recent examples of the Blades’ success.