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Sheffield United name Ismaila Coulibaly as under-21 player in Premier League squad

Sheffield United have submitted their final 25-man squad and under-21 players for the next few months of Premier League action.

The usual suspects are all in there, while fringe players such as Jack Rodwell and Kean Bryan also made the list for Chris Wilder’s men.

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However, it was in the under-21 selections where the biggest surprise was. Within those selections, which all Premier League teams submit, was the name of new midfielder, Ismaila Coulibaly.

United completed the signing of the Mali midfielder in the summer and immediately loaned him to Beerschot over in Belgium, with work-permit issues said to be behind that decision.

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Coulibaly has started the season in fine fashion, too, scoring twice already and impressing supporters of the Belgian outfit along the way.

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United’s decision to include the 19-year-old may well raise questions. It could be that the Blades fancy their chances of obtaining a permit for him before the end of the season, giving Chris Wilder the option to recall and play the midfielder if needs be.

Of course, it could just be a case of filling the sheet with the best young talent Wilder believes we have. However, given we are light in that area, it’s not something we can rule out entirely.

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