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‘Definitely not’, ‘I’m torn by it’ – Have Sheffield United made a mistake letting midfielder go?

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Sheffield United yesterday confirmed that midfielder Ben Whiteman has made his move to Doncaster Rovers a permanent one.

The 21-year old had joined the League One side on loan in the summer and has been a key player for Darren Ferguson, notching seven goals from 30 games so far this season.

However, Chris Wilder clearly didn’t see a future for Whiteman at Bramall Lane and the arrival of Lee Evans and Ryan Leonard in the past week pushed the youngster even further away from the first team.

Therefore, the Blades decided to cash in on the midfielder who was delighted to secure a permanent deal with Rovers.

However, did Sheffield United make a mistake in sanctioning the sale of Whiteman? He has time on his side and could still improve and clearly made a positive impression with their Yorkshire rivals.

Or is it a good deal for the club on a player that’s nowhere near the first team?

We take a look…

Luke Randall

Definitely not.

After spending the first-half of the season on loan at Doncaster, he’s now looking to gain some regular game-time with the club again.

A player who could have a future at Bramall Lane, but the timing is all wrong at this moment in time.

Sam Preston

I think he’s better off away from the club and playing every week.

He has had a good first half of the season and maybe could have provided Wilder with a boost but for the player’s development, being elsewhere is best.

George Dagless

I’m torn by it.

I think Whiteman is a good player that could have a good career but he plays in a position where the Blades have some superb options.

I think in the end it was probably the right call but I expect the player to be back in the Championship sooner rather than later.

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