Paul Heckingbottom has begun his second spell as Sheffield United manager and he is already getting to work on shaping his squad for January.
Heckingbottom was confirmed as the Blades’ new manager earlier today as the club chose to part ways with Slavisa Jokanovic. It was decisive if not shocking move from the United board, who had employed ‘Slav’ and his coaching team on big money and long-term deals.
But, as always, the club moves forward and Heckingbottom is now tasked with putting the team back together. He alluded in his presser today that there’s unlikely to be much in the way of incomings in January. However, one player who could feature under Heckingbottom is young full-back, Femi Seriki.
The new United boss confirmed today that Seriki has been recalled from his spell with Beerschot. It proved a nightmare spell, with the teenager playing just six minutes for the Belgian side.
Femi Seriki is a highly thought of prospect at Bramall Lane. Paul Heckingbottom gave him his debut last year, and there are high hopes for the youngster.
At the moment, Seriki is unable to play. He isn’t registered, meaning he’ll have to wait until January to be added into contention for selection. But with no new signings, he might well become an important cog in the team.
Jayden Bogle has done well in recent weeks. United also have George Baldock in that right wing-back slot. However, Baldock and Bogle are two of the club’s saleable assets as things stand. And if a bid was to come their way for either player, having Seriki available might influence the response.
Heckingbottom more or less confirmed the three at the back will stay for the time being. A 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 formation is likely. Seriki fits both of those ideas perfectly.
Of course, he is a young player with plenty to learn. His spell at Beerschot has not done anyone any favours. But time back at Bramall Lane with the 23s could give Seriki a boost. And come Christmas, he might be knocking on Heckingbottom’s door quite loudly.
Zak Brunt and Kacper Lopata are also out on loan. The new Blades boss, then, could also look to the young pair should he seek fresh options.