Versatile Sheffield United player, Ben Osborn, is being monitored by “a number of Championship clubs”, according to the Nottingham Post.

Osborn has found game time with the Blades relatively limited following a £3.5m summer transfer from Nottingham Forest.

The 25-year-old has made seven appearances in all competitions this season, but has only started in cup matches. His game time in the Premier League, coming across four fixtures, totals 50 minutes.

As a result, just six months into his time at Bramall Lane there is already speculation Osborn could be leaving the club during the January transfer window.

Will Ben Osborn depart for the Championship?

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Despite his lack of minutes, Osborn has made it clear he is willing to remain with United and fight for his place.

“My career is still on an upward incline. I’m at a better club and training with better players,” he said. “Now I’ve got to be patient.

“Looking at the form of the lads and the results, you can’t complain about not being in there can you?

“I’ve just got to stick with it, keep training well and make sure that I’m ready when the chance arises.”

Osborn’s versatility makes him a very useful option in manager Chris Wilder’s squad. He is the natural backup to Enda Stevens at left wing-back – as shown by his appearances there in all of the Blades’ cup games so far this term.

Yet Osborn can also play in central midfield, with his most recent league outing – during December’s 1-0 win at Brighton and Hove Albion – coming there when he replaced Luke Freeman.

Wilder wouldn’t want to lose that this month and luckily for the 52-year-old, it seems the former Forest man is also accepting of his situation.

However, that can only last so long and it will be interesting to see how the United boss manages the players receiving less game time.

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