Sheffield United have had huge success with Dean Henderson in the loan market. But another Manchester United man is set to be available this summer and the Blades would do well to pip rivals Wednesday to his signature.
The man we are talking about is the midfielder, James Garner. Despite making a handful of appearances this season for the Red Devils, the club is set to send him out on loan this summer.
And according to the Sun, Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea are among the clubs who are interested in landing the young Old Trafford prospect.
But with funds set to be limited this summer as the current global situation continues to take its toll, the Blades might be wise to peruse the loan market and take a punt on Garner.
Double-edged sword with Henderson the benchmark
While there is no talk of the Blades or Chris Wilder being interested in Garner at the moment, officials at Old Trafford would have no qualms about sending him to Bramall Lane.
Dean Henderson has proven to the powers that be in Manchester that the Blades treat players well and, crucially, develop them at an alarming rate.
Furthermore, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might be comfortable in letting Garner move to Sheffield with Henderson.
Those couple of things on their own surely put Chris Wilder’s men ahead of their bitter city rivals if a race for Garner’s signature did start.
Why might Sheffield United target James Garner?
Despite spending a big chunk of money on Sander Berge in January, United’s midfield options are still somewhat lacking.
Mo Besic is still only here on loan. Ravel Morrison appears to be on his way out permanently, while Jack Rodwell is only on a short-term deal. That leaves just Ollie Norwood, John Fleck, John Lundstram, and the aforementioned Berge as central midfield options.
Luke Freeman is still available but has, thus far, failed to really make an impression. Ben Osborn, meanwhile, appears to be more of a back-up wing-back at the moment.
Bringing in a player like Garner would have its benefits. Having being compared to Man United legend Michael Carrick in the past, it’s clear he has plenty of ability.
Of course, this is opinion. But if loans are to be the way forward this summer, the Blades could do much worse than landing the 19-year-old prodigy.