Sheffield United loan watch: Rhys Norrington-Davies return ‘did not hesitate to rise to the challenge’ in Stoke City win over Luton Town


The defeat was the 20th in a tough campaign for the Blades and leaves them 14 safety points at the foot of the Premier League table after Newcastle’s 3-1 loss to Manchester United on Sunday night.

But how have United players plying their trade on loan at clubs across Europe fared over the weekend?

Let’s see how they are doing.

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Luc Freeman

The 28-year-old midfielder is currently on a season-long loan with the Nottingham Forest championship side.

Freeman, who has fully recovered from surgery to correct a hernia problem that plagued him early in the campaign, was a second-half substitute in the Reds’ 1-0 win over the Blackburns Rovers at the City Ground on Saturday after missing the game. midweek loss to Swansea City after his wife gave birth the day before the game.

Leigh Curtis of Nottinghamshire Live, giving Freeman a six after being introduced as a 68th minute substitute for Alex Mighten, wrote: “The midfielder didn’t see a lot of the ball as the visitors enjoyed a lot of possession in the second half. “

Sheffield United’s Rhys Norrington-Davies returned from suspension to help Stoke City beat former club Luton Town 3-0 at Bet365 Stadium on Saturday. (Photo by Nathan Stirk / Getty Images)

Rhys Norrington Davies

Welsh Under-21 international Norrington-Davies was recalled from his one-season loan at Luton Town last month to allow him to join hat-maker rivals Stoke City until the end of the campaign in Classes.

And the 21-year-old left-back, who put his pen to a new long-term contract with the Blades in December, returned to action after a three-game ban to play in the Potters’ 3-0 win over Luton. at the Bet365 stadium on Saturday.

Peter Smith, who covers the club for StokeonTrent Live, gave Norrington-Davies a six in their first game since January 30 and wrote: “Timely return and has not shied away from any challenge against the old team. . “

Tyler smith

The 22-year-old forward Smith joined Swindon Town’s Ligue 1 side on a one-season loan in August and is the club’s top scorer with seven goals in all competitions.

However, he has only scored twice since former Sheffield Wednesday star John Sheridan took over County Ground in November and was not part of the Matchday’s squad for the Crewe Alexandra game. at County Ground on Saturday, which the humble Robins won. 2-1.

Ismaila Coulibaly

Malian Under-20 midfielder Coulibaly joined United from Norway’s Sarpsborg 08 team earlier this season and was immediately on loan for the next three seasons to Belgian side Beerschot, the Blades’ sister club. .

Coulibaly, who has scored five goals this season for his loan club, came on late in the game in the Antwerp side’s 2-1 win at KRC Genk on Sunday.

Georges broadbent

The 20-year-old midfielder joined Coulibaly at Beerschot last month on a contract until the end of the season.

Broadbent, who made his debut in Beerschot’s 3-0 defeat to Jupiler League leaders Club Brugge shortly after his signing, was not in the squad of the day for victory 2 -1 against KRC Genk yesterday – a victory which brought Will Still’s side up to sixth place. Table.

Regan slater

United cleared the 21-year-old midfielder to join top League One Hull City on a one-season loan in November and he has made 20 appearances so far in East Yorkshire.

But Slater has struggled to gain any playing time lately and came on in the 55th minute in the Tigers’ 3-3 draw against Doncaster Rovers at Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.

Barry Cooper of Hull Live gave young Blades a modest mark of four and wrote, “I’m scared, I look lost. He runs a bit but has not approached John Bostock.

Jean Leroy Belehouan

The 20-year-old French center-back joined Premier League side FC Halifax Town on loan for the remainder of the season last month.

Belehouan, who is a sophomore with the Blades and plays for the Under-23, missed the thrilling 3-2 victory over leaders Torquay United on Saturday due to illness.

Jake eastwood

The 24-year-old keeper joined League Two fighter Grimsby Town until the end of the season on deadline day – his second campaign loan coming back last month after a six-month stint in the Scottish Premiership team Kilmarnock.

However, he didn’t have a game on Saturday because the Mariners ‘game at Exeter City on Saturday was called off due to a waterlogged St James’ Park pitch.

Michel verrips

The Dutchman became the second goalkeeper to leave Bramall Lane on the deadline when he joined FC Emmen in his homeland until the end of the season.

Verrips, who like Eastwood is 24, made his debut for the Eredivisie basement team’s 1-0 loss to AZ Alkmaar earlier this month and was again in the lineup of start as his loan club finally claimed their first league win of the season on Saturday – a 3-2 home win over PEC Zwolle.

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