Sheffield United are looking to further expand into foreign markets and will take a closer look at young Canadian prospect, Aribim Pepple, on a trial basis.

The 17-year-old will spend two weeks with the Blades, as confirmed by his current club, Cavalry FC.

Pepple – who was born in Kettering – will hope to impress at Shirecliffe over the coming weeks in what his current manager has labelled a ‘fantastic opportunity’.

The youngster is described by Tommy Wheeldon Jr (manager of Cavalry FC), as having ‘pace, power and potential’ and a player who has a ‘very high ceiling’ in terms of his potential.

United have spent around £50m this summer in the market on predominantly younger players. There seems to be a focus on that aspect at the club at the moment, with the Blades also signing Ismaila Coulibaly.

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Finally, the Blades have some good young players emerging through the ranks, too. Rhys Norrington-Davies has recently earnt a call to the Wales squad, while Regan Slater is out on loan with Hull City.

Little known, but good to know we are having a look at talent from abroad

This can only be a positive sign, can’t it? The Blades venturing into unknown markets and taking a punt on a young striker who has obviously caught the eye.

Pepple will be looking to snatch the opportunity with both hands and you never know, he could turn out to be something of an unearthed gem.

Taking players on trial is nothing new in football. But it is good to United looking abroad and as far afield as Canada to try and find the next batch of emerging talent in world football.

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