Sheffield United have just announced that one of their loan players, Harvey Gilmour, will join Tranmere Rovers permanently.

Gilmour is not the only player currently away from Bramall Lane on a temporary deal. In fact there are seven others; while Ricky Holmes has just had his spell at Gillingham cut short.

So how have these players got on away from the Blades and what will the future hold for them in South Yorkshire?

Samir Carruthers

Currently at Oxford United, injury has limited Carruthers’ game time to just 12 appearances. Contracted with United until 2020, they will almost certainly try and offload the midfielder this summer.

Leon Clarke

Loaned out in January to make way for Scott Hogan and Gary Madine, Clarke still has plenty to offer. The striker has three goals in 15 games for Wigan, but was prolific last season with 19 strikes.

Under contract until 2020, Clarke could be useful in the Championship but probably isn’t cut out for the Premier League.

Ched Evans

Controversy aside, Evans is a solid but unremarkable Championship strike at best. League One is probably his level. Plus Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton has publicly told Fleetwood Today he wants to sign the 30-year-old permanently.

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Ben Heneghan

Proof that Chris Wilder doesn’t get everything right, Heneghan was signed in 2017 but has played just once for the club since. Currently impressing at Blackpool and told the Blackpool Gazette he will move to play somewhere regularly next season as well.

Danny Lafferty

Loaned to Peterborough United in January after making one appearance for United this season, Lafferty is out of contract in the summer and will almost certainly be released.

Caolan Lavery

Since being promoted to the Championship in 2017, Lavery has managed six appearances for the Blades and has been loaned out twice. The striker is out of contract at the end of the season. He will be released.

Nathan Thomas

Not to question Wilder, but the decision to sign a winger from a team relegated from League Two in 2017 was an odd one. Thomas is back on loan in the division with Carlisle United and does have a record of two goals in three games for United.

However, it would be a surprise to see the 24-year-old at Bramall Lane next season – despite being contracted until 2020.

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