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Norrington-Davies impressing at Stoke and could address problem at Sheffield United next season

Rhys Norrington-Davies is continuing to impress on loan at Stoke City.

The Sheffield United defender scored his first goal for Stoke at the weekend as they beat Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 in the Championship.

Norrington-Davies joined the Potters in January after being recalled from his temporary spell at Luton Town.

The 21-year-old had also done well there and is making something of a name for himself in a division the Blades look set to be returning to next season.

United are bottom of the Premier League table and 12 points from safety with 10 league games remaining.

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Plans are already being made at the club for next campaign and when they likely return to the second tier of English football.

The Sheffield Star reports that a decision now needs to be made on whether Norrington-Davies is part of those plans.

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Stoke manager Michael O’Neill was fairly coy about the subject when asked if he would try and re-sign Norrington-Davies on loan in 2021/22.

The Wales international is part of the long-term plans at Bramall Lane having signed a new contract in January. That deal runs until 2024.

In the future, Norrington-Davies is considered a replacement for Jack O’Connell on the left side of a back three.

Yet in the short-term it’s thought the Welshman is better suited to a role at wing-back. Norrington-Davies has played there for both Luton and the Potters this term.

The problem is, United are already well stocked in the position. They chave Max Lowe, Ben Osborn and Enda Stevens as options.

But arguably, Norrington-Davies should jump all three in the queue to play there.

Certainly Chris Wilder should be considering playing him there.

The established first choice until this campaign, Stevens has endured a stark drop in form in 2020/21. Lowe has also struggled, although is likely to suit Championship football better, while Osborn is arguably more competent as a midfielder.

If Wilder’s side were in the top flight next season it would be too soon for Norrington-Davies. But in the second tier, he could thrive – having already proven himself this term.

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