Norrington-Davies impress at Stoke and could solve the problem at Sheffield United next season
Rhys Norrington-Davies continues to impress on loan from Stoke City.
The Sheffield United defender scored his first goal for Stoke over the weekend when they beat Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 in the championship.
Norrington-Davies joined the Potters in January after being recalled from his temporary stint in Luton Town.
The 21-year-old had done well there too and is making a name for himself in a division the Blades will return to next season.
United are bottom of the Premier League table and have 12 points ahead of security with 10 league games remaining.
The club is already making plans for the next season and the expected return to the second division of English football.
The Sheffield Star reports that a decision must now be made on whether Norrington-Davies is part of these plans.
Don’t leave Norrington-Davies at Stoke again
Stoke manager Michael O’Neill was quite reluctant on the subject when asked if he would try to borrow Norrington-Davies again in 2021/22.
Part of Bramall Lane’s long-term plans, the Welsh international signed a new deal in January. This deal runs until 2024.
Norrington-Davies is now considered to be the replacement for Jack O’Connell on the left side of a chain of three.
In the short term, however, the Welshman is believed to be better suited to a role as a full-back. Norrington-Davies has played there for both Luton and the Potters this season.
The problem is, United are already well positioned. They name Max Lowe, Ben Osborn, and Enda Stevens as options.
But Norrington-Davies should probably skip all three in the queue to play there.
Chris Wilder should definitely consider playing him there.
As the established first choice up to this campaign, Stevens suffered a severe loss of form in 2020/21. Lowe struggled too, although he may be a better fit for championship football, while Osborn is arguably more competent as a midfielder.
If Wilder’s side were in the top division next season, it would be too early for Norrington-Davies. But he could flourish in the second division – after he had already proven himself during this tenure.
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