It’s never a dull day when it comes to Sheffield United news and it seems that the drama extends beyond just Bramall Lane and Shirecliffe.
Under Prince Abdullah’s ownership, the Blades head up the ‘United World’ venture that the Blades owner invests in. The idea, which everyone knows, is that it helps build out the worldwide reach of the club, and United get the pick of the best players down the line from those clubs involved.
One of the clubs in United World is Belgian outfit, Beerschot. The most commonly known to Blades fans, the club have sent players there to gain experience, including more recently, Femi Seriki.
United also have Ismaila Coulibaly on the books at Beerschot. The midfielder impressed last year, with AC Milan said to have cast admiring glances his way. However, as Yorkshire Live reported today, things aren’t going quite so swimmingly for Coulibaly this term.
In fact, both Coulibaly and the aforementioned Seriki are part of a club mirroring that of United last season. Beerschot have just two points from 12 games, with 10 defeats. Indeed, the Belgian press are asking where Prince Abdullah and the Beerschot board are at the moment.
It smacks of a miserable situation, and come January, United could have two new players to make decisions on.
Bringing Seriki back is the easier decision out of he and Coulibaly. The Blades youngster is our player, and has no work permit issues. Indeed, Jokanovic has already hinted he may bring the full-back back to Sheffield if things don’t change.
For Coulibaly, the situation is more delicate. Yorkshire Live report that, should Beerschot be relegated, Coulibaly will move back below the threshold for his working Visa in the UK (he currently meets the criteria).
The sensible option, then, would be for the Blades to bring the Mali international back to Shirecliffe. Of course, there’s no expectation that he can impact the first-team immediately. But it will give Jokanovic chance to look at Coulibaly in the flesh. From there, United could opt for another short-term loan ahead of the summer.
The situation in Beerschot is no good for either Seriki or Coulibaly as things stand. The club is in turmoil, results are abysmal, and both players are struggling for form and minutes.
Hopefully, United act quickly to get the pair back. And in January, both can have fresh starts to kickstart their young careers again.