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Chris Wilder makes claim on player’s future at EFL club amid transfer interest from West Brom, Burnley and Stoke City



Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has insisted that he has no intentions to recall Rhys Norrington-Davies from his loan spell at Luton Town, amid reported interest from Stoke City.

Norrington-Davies arrived at Luton in the summer on a season-long loan deal and the left-back has excelled for the Hatters helping them record three clean sheets in his opening nine Championship appearances (Sofascore). That form has earned him international recognition with Wales and he has been handed three caps by Ryan Giggs in the last two international breaks.

The 21-year-old’s form has led to suggestions he could be recalled by Sheffield United in January, with the Blades having suffered injuries to key defenders. While his performances have seen the likes of West Brom, Burnley and Stoke grow interested in making a potential January move for him.

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Speaking to Yorkshire Live, Wilder outlined his intentions to keep Norrington-Davies progressing well with Luton over the rest of the campaign, and insisted that the Blades have no intentions of cashing in on him in the winter window after his recent progress.

He said: “No intentions to recall him at all.

“He’s there for the season. He’s committed to Luton for the season.

“He’s doing fabulously well.

“The situation here is that we are missing Jack O’Connell and I envisage that we bring in somebody with experience to fill that position in January and obviously at left wing-back we have Enda and Max Lowe as well.

“He’s done great.

“Every hurdle that has been put in front of him he has got over.

“It’s doing him no harm being at a good club with an excellent manager at both club level and international level.

“We will monitor his progress, he has done great and we will assess it at the end of the season what we do and where he goes with it.

“I am not looking to sell any of my young players.”

The verdict

Sheffield United’s stance on Norrington-Davies is excellent news for Luton, with the defender having been integral to the Hatters’ strong start to the campaign. The 21-year-old has been very effective under Nathan Jones averaging 0.9 key passes and also 1.1 tackles and 1.4 clearances per game (Sofascore).

Given his form, it is no surprise that the likes of Stoke have been interested in the 21-year-old, but it seems the Potters might have to search elsewhere now to strengthen their defensive options in January. The defender would have been another smart signing for Michael O’Neill’s side who are going well in the Championship.

Norrington-Davies will for now be needing to concentrate on continuing his progression with Luton and if he can do that then there is every chance he could have a real future back at Sheffield United, with Wilder having been impressed with his development.

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Article title: Chris Wilder makes claim on player’s future at EFL club amid transfer interest from West Brom, Burnley and Stoke City

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