Sheffield United have moved to terminate the loan spell of Will Osula at Derby and will now take a check of his progression in training.
Osula joined the Rams in the summer and made a good start to life in the Midlands. However, a change in manager has seen Paul Warne arrive and with that, Osula’s minutes have dipped a bit. The 19-year-old was also sent off recently against Accrington after coming on as a sub.
And according to Alan Nixon, that will be the last Derby fans see of Osula, with the striker now heading back to Bramall Lane.
From there, United manager Paul Heckingbottom will make a decision on what the future holds for Osula. He is expected to get the chance to join in first-team training, before that decision is made.
Osula scored five goals in 21 games in all competitions with the Rams. The teenager returns to Shirecliffe with opportunities potentially in front of him at United.
Oli McBurnie is currently out injured, with Rhian Brewster another long-term injury victim. Daniel Jebbison is the only back up to Iliman Ndiaye and Billy Sharp as things stand.
Sheff U News View: Osula can impress at United but we need more
Osula will have improved at Derby. However, to expect him to come back and be part of the first-team squad and start scoring goals might be too big of an ask.
The talent is there with the young Danish striker and Paul Heckingbottom likes him, as shown by his appearances last season. However, the Blades are in the promotion mix and while his energy could be useful, it would be much better if the club got McBurnie back fit and signed someone new.
If United can land another striker and use the money from Reda Khadra’s impending return to Brighton, then promotion gets that bit easier.