Reda Khadra plays for Sheffield United under-21s against Burnley
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Reda Khadra plays for Sheffield United under-21s against Burnley

It’s been a strange old loan spell so far for Reda Khadra at Sheffield United and it doesn’t look like improving any time soon either.

Khadra arrived in the summer and was seen by supporters as a key signing. After tearing United apart for Blackburn twice during the 21/22 campaign, Khadra was expected to be the replacement United needed for the departed Morgan Gibbs-White.

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However, barring a late winning goal at Swansea, Khadra has largely struggled. Played out of position, and with just a handful of starts to his name, some are starting to feel his loan is being wasted. And on todays’ evidence, it doesn’t seem like things will get much better for Khadra any time soon.

Khadra was named in the Sheffield United under-21 squad today as they faced Burnley. The German managed an hour, as United ran out 3-2 winners thanks to goals from Oliver Arblaster and Louie Marsh (2). Of course, this could just be an exercise to get minutes into Khadra’s legs. It was an experienced side really, with the likes of Jack Robinson, Kyron Gordon, Andre Brooks and Arblaster all featuring.

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The Blades face West Brom this weekend live on Sky. Khadra will be among the players pushing for a start who were left out against Norwich on Saturday.

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None of us know what is going on behind the scenes but there must be some frustration from Reda Khadra. After being so important to Blackburn, he just doesn’t seem to be top of Paul Heckingbottom’s list.

On the flip side, he hasn’t exactly been brilliant when he has played. Sure, the odd spark has shown promise. But that’s all we’ve seen, flashes. Granted, Khadra has not been played in his favourite wide forward position to often.

This today looks like a way of getting minutes into players who need it. It’s nice to see Robinson included, so you have to hope it’s just an exercise from the management. Anything else would point to their being an issue, which none of us want to see.

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