Sheffield United are among a number of teams who are keen on signing teenage defender, Miguel Freckleton, according to reports from Bristol Live.
The Blades are among a cluster of teams including Southampton, Hull, and Cardiff City who are keeping close tabs on Freckleton.The teenage defender is said to be have been impressing while on loan with Mangotsfield United this season.
Bristol Live reports how Freckleton dropped out of the Rovers academy and went onto the South Gloucestershire and Stroud College football programme. There, under the guidance of former Leeds manager David Hockaday, Freckleton is said to have impressed.
And with Sheffield United unlikely to be making any signings in January, looking to the future might be the way forward.
The Blades, essentially, have an empty pot. That much was made pretty clear in a recent press conference to unveil Heckingbottom as manager.
A focus on youth development will now take precedent at the club. And with Heckingbottom and Jack Lester, along with Stuart McCall, overseeing things, there are high hopes.
Our View: Miguel Freckleton and unknown quantity
There’s little point pretending to know everything about an 18-year-old defender who is playing the non-league. The fact is, we don’t know too much about him.
However, what is clear is that the Blades have eyes everywhere. Being able to spot talent like this suggests the club is reaching deep down the footballing pyramid to unearth new gems.
For Paul Heckingbottom, working with and bringing young players in is crucial to his tenure. Indeed, his overall role as ‘Football Manager’ means he’ll be involved in everything related to the club.
In terms of Miguel Freckleton, it’s nice to see United in the mix. Sure enough, clubs like Southampton, who are also keen, have a rich record with their own youth system. That on its own suggests Freckleton might be a player worth keeping tabs on.