Sheffield United have been handed a potential boost to their hopes of landing Panos Retsos in a permanent summer deal.
Retsos signed for the Blades on transfer deadline day. Having moved to Bayer Leverkusen for a hefty fee a couple of seasons back, Retsos has seen his progress stall due to a number of injuries.
But after sealing his move to Bramall Lane, Retsos will be hoping to get regular minutes under his belt and get back to his best form.
And despite Leverkusen’s sporting director, Rudi Voller, insisting Retsos has a future in Germany, things might have already changed on that front.
That is because, according to a report from the Sheffield Star, Leverkusen have already moved to sign a new defender. The German giants made a late move to sign Edmund Tapsoba. The Burkina Faso international could well fill the void left by Retsos.
That, then, could potentially leave the door open for the Blades to make their move come the summer.
Retsos wasn’t included in the squad to face Crystal Palace last weekend. However, it was unclear if he was registered in time. That could mean a squad debut this weekend when the Blades host Bournemouth at Bramall Lane.
A bit early to call
Despite the obvious link being made here, there’s a long way to go before we see if Retsos will be worth the wait.
He faces a tough task in dislodging Chris Basham, for one. Secondly, with only around a dozen games remaining, chances to impress might be few and far between.
However, Retsos has a full five months training to impress Chris Wilder and Alan Knill. That will come in the form of training, his attitude, and the ability to pick up the system the Blades play.
As Wilder said when Retsos signed, it’s a chance for the club and the Greek defender to assess each other. With a bit of luck, it could well end up being a match made in heaven.