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Jake Eastwood impressing at Grimsby - should he get a chance at Sheffield United next season?

Jake Eastwood is impressing on loan at Grimsby Town since joining from Sheffield United.

Eastwood has played all three of Grimsby’s games after moving to the League Two club at the beginning of February.

While the Mariners have lost two of those matches and have failed to keep a clean sheet during that time, the goalkeeper has still been the standout performer.

“Kept Town in the game during the first half with what seemed to be some crucial saves at the time. Hasn’t put a foot wrong since arriving from Sheffield United,” The Grimsby Telegraph wrote about Eastwood following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Harrogate Town.

Grimsby remain bottom of the table, but with the 24-year-old between the posts stand a good chance of escaping the relegation zone.

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It’s good to see Eastwood turning his season around after a disappointing start. The ‘keeper joined Kilmarnock on loan last summer, but injured himself on his debut and was out for three months.

Eastwood returned to Bramall Lane having played just twice for Killie, before making the switch to Grimsby.

If Jake Eastwood keeps up Grimsby form, should Blades give him a chance?

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Eastwood is a product of the United youth system, but this is now his seventh loan away from the club.

The stopper has played just three times for the Blades and appears to be well down the pecking order.

Yet could that change next season?

Unless something remarkable happens, the South Yorkshire side will be back playing in the Championship in 2021/22.

If United are relegated from the Premier League as expected, then West Ham United are considering a move for Aaron Ramsdale. That’s according to Hammers insiders Claret and Hugh.

Ramsdale returned to Bramall Lane from Bournemouth last summer. After a shaky start, he’s been impressing with his performances in recent weeks.

If the Blades were to lose the 22-year-old, it would leave a big gap at the back. Simon Moore is also expected to leave at the end of this season when his contract expires, having been deemed surplus to requirements.

This isn’t to say Eastwood should immediately make the step up to be number one. But perhaps he could join a goalkeeping unit alongside Wes Foderingham and Michael Verrips.

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