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Wilder tells Burnley and West Brom target Norrington-Davies how to get into Blades team
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Wilder tells Burnley and West Brom target Norrington-Davies how to get into Blades team

Burnley, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion are all thought to be interested in Rhys Norrington-Davies.

The Sheffield United youngster has caught the eye during his loan spell with Luton Town in the Championship this season.

Norrington-Davies has played 13 times for the Hatters in all competitions and earned a callup to the Wales senior squad in the process.

The 21-year-old now has three caps for his country, including starting their last two games in the Nations League.

It’s led to many calling for Blades manager Chris Wilder to give Norrington-Davies a chance in the first team. Especially as his position at wing-back is an area where they’ve struggled this term.


Enda Stevens started every Premier League game in 2019/20 on the left flank. Yet in nine matches so far this campaign, three players have already featured in the role.

Stevens has been switched to central defence at times to cover for the absence of the injured Jack O’Connell.

But the Republic of Ireland international currently has an injury himself, with both Max Lowe and Ben Osborn having filled in at wing-back. Neither has truly impressed.

However, Wilder has a message for Norrington-Davies.

Advice to Burnley, Stoke and West Brom target Norrington-Davies

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“If Rhys, for example, wants to play in the Premier League or play for Sheffield United, he has to be one of Luton’s best players,” Wilder told Yorkshire Live.

“He understands that and we keep track of that through our scouting situation and contacts that we have in the game.

“We will monitor his progress, he has done great and we will assess it at the end of the season what we do and where he goes with it.”

This is sensible management from Wilder, who isn’t going to rush Norrington-Davies to a level he’s not yet ready for.

The Welshman is clearly a bright talent, who has been making steady progress since joining the United academy from Swansea City in 2017.

Since then Norrington-Davies has spent time on loan in non-league with Barrow and then with Rochdale in League One last season.

Now with Luton, it’s his first taste of second tier football. It’s led to international recognition, which is great, but the top flight is a very different prospect.

It makes sense for Norrington-Davies to continue progressing at Kenilworth Road in 2020/21, before Wilder and his team reassess next summer.

The only potential issue is, according to Transfermarkt the defender is out of contract at the end of this campaign.

If Wilder believes Norrington-Davies has potential – or wants to make money out of a sale – then a new deal needs to be agreed quickly.

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