Sheffield United youngster Harry Boyes will spend the first half of the new season on loan with Solihull Moors, the club have confirmed today.
The 19-year-old goes out for his second spell away from Bramall Lane, having previously spent time with Bradford Park Avenue.
He is the first of a number of young players expected to go out on loan this season. The Blades academy is once again producing a strong line of talent, but some will need first-team football to take the next step.
Boyes has already made the first-team squad at United. He was part of the travelling party which lost 1-0 at Newcastle United last term. Although he didn’t get on the field.
He is, however, highly thought of at The Lane. Indeed, last season, stand in under-23s boss Darren Currie had kind words about both Boyes and his fellow young full-back, Femi Seriki.
“When we talk about a 3-5-2, when you’re pinned back you’re in a five and to get into the three, you need to be good with the ball. And we were better with the ball, which is why young ‘Boysey’ and ‘Femsi’ found themselves high up the pitch,” Currie said following an under-23’s win at Cardiff.
”That’s pleasing. The pair of them were outstanding. I thought Boyes, in particular, was excellent. I thought his performance was pretty faultless to be honest with you.”
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The talent coming out of the academy at the moment looks set to keep United in good stead for some years. Of course, they’ll need to kick on and develop further. But there are positive signs.
Harry Boyes is doing the right thing going on loan here. Under-23’s football is all well and good. But you need to play real football, against tough opponents, and he’ll get that at Solihull.
This sort of transfer can often be crucial in a player’s career. Boyes, then, will be hoping to make the most of it and come back pushing for the first-team.