Stoke City are set to sign Rhys Norrington-Davies on loan from Sheffield United for the rest of the season.
That’s according to Football Insider, who say that the Blades have terminated Norrington-Davies’ deal at Luton Town to make it happen.
The defender joined Luton at the start of 2020/21 and has played 22 times since. This included coming off the bench at the weekend for their FA Cup win over Reading.
Yet Norrington-Davies is now going to make the switch to another Championship club, having agreed terms with Stoke.
That’s despite the fact there’s interest from the Premier League in the Wales international, with Burnley and West Bromwich Albion also thought to be keen.
However, Norrington-Davies is expected to complete his move to the Potters in the coming days.
It continues what has been an eventful campaign so far for the 21-year-old, who has also become a full international for his country.
Norrington-Davies has three caps for Wales and started their recent fixtures against Bulgaria, the Republic of Ireland and Finland.
Some fans unsure about Stoke move for Norrington-Davies
Yet some United fans wonder whether the left-back should be going anywhere if recalled from the Hatters.
The Blades have struggled this season and go into tonight’s Premier League match with Newcastle United bottom of the table with two points from 17 games.
The left side of defence has been a particularly problematic area. Three different players have been used at wing-back, while six have already featured on the left of the back three.
Norrington-Davies can play in both roles and these supporters think he should be given a chance by manager Chris Wilder.
Why United aren’t keeping him
Wilder has repeatedly said he won’t be bringing Norrington-Davies back into the first team fold this term.
This is despite the issues the 53-year-old currently has on the left side of his defence.
However, throwing a youngster into that may not be the best thing for his development.
Max Lowe wasn’t expected to play as much as he has this season. But injury to Enda Stevens has changed those plans.
Lowe has been criticised and accused of being out of his depth, but is a much more experienced player at Championship level than Norrington-Davies.
The 23-year-old’s development is further advanced than the Welshman’s. Ben Osborn is another option at wing-back in the absence of Stevens.
Wilder apparently views Norrington-Davies as a long-term replacement for Jack O’Connell at the back. Yet the Blades boss also doesn’t want to rush his progress and risk damaging it.