Could it be time for Sheffield United to give a first team opportunity to academy prospect, Rhys Norrington-Davies?
They appear to be in the market for a new left-back this transfer window, having had a £2m bid for Antonee Robinson accepted by Wigan Athletic.
Unfortunately, they were usurped by newly promoted Fulham, who signed Robinson after offering the 23-year-old more money.
Now Football Insider claim the Blades are interested in Barnsley full-back, Clarke Oduor. At 21-years-old, the Kenya international is the same age as Norrington-Davies.
Therefore, with money tight, rather than trying to bring someone in should they instead give a current youngster a chance?
Who is Sheffield United prospect Rhys Norrington-Davies?
Primarily a left-sided defender, Norrington-Davies has spent the past two seasons out on loan. In 2018/19, the Welshman was with Barrow in the National League, before making the step up to League One last term with Rochdale.
Norrington-Davies did well in the third tier of English football, receiving a call-up by Wales Under-21s during that time.
He also showed his versatility by playing in central defence. Having previously played in midfield too, it means he could potentially step in for either Jack O’Connell or Enda Stevens.
Despite never making a senior appearance for United, Norrington-Davies has regularly been around the first team squad. The full-back has once again been spotted training with them during this current belated pre-season.
In 2019, ahead of the Blades’ first Premier League campaign in 12 years, Norrington-Davies was one of a crop of young players used by manager Chris Wilder in friendlies.
Although he later left on loan, Wilder clearly wanted to see him in action. Tyler Smith and Regan Slater were also among those being blooded, with the former having joined Swindon Town for 2020/21 and the Sheffield Star reporting Slater will soon be loaned to an EFL club as well.
Chances are therefore that Norrington-Davies will follow suit. However, maybe offering him the opportunity to be understudy to Stevens – who started every league game in 2019/20 in any case – might be a good option.