Chris Wilder is preparing for this weekend’s clash with Fulham knowing that a win is a must for his Sheffield United squad.
Four defeats from four this season have dampened the mood at Bramall Lane somewhat. However, the Blades boss will go into the game with the Cottagers confident in his team.
However, Wilder has been hit hard by the international break. David McGoldrick, John Fleck, Oli Burke, and John Egan could all be missing due to injuries or isolation protocols from the past 14 days.
This, of course, gives the United boss a big selection headache and will further fan the flames for Blades fans who believe the international break was a bit of a waste of time.
But one plus for United and Wilder was the performance of young defender, Rhys Norrington-Davies. The 21-year-old impressed for Wales in a 1-0 win at Bulgaria, with Ryan Giggs labelling the youngster ‘outstanding’.
So, despite being out on loan with Luton, has Norrington-Davies given Wilder some food for thought given the club’s current issues down the left?
Maybe not yet, but the future looks bright
At the moment, Norrington-Davies will probably end up staying in Luton and getting some games under his belt to continue his development in the game.
Wilder has been open about young players having to be good enough both physically and tactically, so a year with the Hatters under a good manager in Nathan Jones will do him good.
More performances for Luton will lead to more caps for Wales which, in turn, should benefit the Blades.
So, for now, we probably won’t see much of the 21-year-old. However, for the 21/22 campaign, Norrington-Davies might well end up giving Wilder a big decision to make.