Sheffield United have allowed two of their young players to move on in January, with both George Broadbent and Jean Leroy-Belehouan completing loan moves.
Broadbent’s is the more eye-catching switch of the two. The 20-year-old is moving to one of United’s partner clubs, Beerschot, where he’ll hope to get some minutes under his belt.
Interestingly, United midfielded Ismaila Couliably is already on the books at Beerschot and scored his fifth goal of the season this past weekend.
Young defender, Leroy-Belehouan, moves to non-league Halifax Town as he looks to continue his development in the game and gain valuable experience.
Overseeing youth development at the Lane, Jack Lester was delighted to see the pair get moves and believes it is a positive step for the club and players.
“There has been a lot of interest for our players this season and we have been delighted with the development of our players right through the academy,” Lester told the club’s official site.
Valuable footballing lessons
This is smart business from United and the use of Beerschot is an instant benefit of the ‘United World’ project currently underway at the club.
Broadbent has been knocking on the door for the first-team for some time now if reports from the club are to be believed, while Leroy-Belehouan will gain a lot from joining a non-league club who Chris Wilder knows well.
United’s future will rely on continued player development so this will do little harm for both players in terms of theirs and the club’s futures.