Sheffield United have signed Jamal Blackman on loan for next season, the club’s official website has confirmed.
Jamal Blackman joins Sheffield United on a season long loan deal from Premier League champions Chelsea.
Chris Wilder has been forced to make a quick swoop to bring in another goalkeeper following a knee injury to first choice stopper Simon Moore.
Having loaned out George Long to AFC Wimbledon for the 2017/18 season, Wilder was just left with youth option Jake Eastwood on his books.
The Blades were already looking to bring in another goalkeeper to provide competition for Moore but Wilder has now brought in his man promptly.
Jamal Blackman has signed a new four year deal with Chelsea and then been shipped out on loan.
The giant 6ft 6in goalkeeper is now on his fourth loan spell away from Stamford Bridge but he has never made a senior appearance for the Blues.
The former England under-19 stopper has previously been at Middlesbrough (where he played just one cup match), Swedish outfit Ostersunds FK and Wycombe Wanderers.
Blackman spent the entirety of the 2016/17 season with Wycombe, gaining vital experience in League Two with over fifty appearances in all competitions.
The 23-year-old now takes a step up two divisions to join Sheffield United in the Championship.
Chris Wilder has obviously been forced to swiftly address this problem, given that Simon Moore has suffered an injury.
When Moore is back fit, you would expect him to start over Blackman and the Chelsea goalkeeper is a reasonable option to have as a back-up.
However, moving up two tiers of football might be a tough step up for the towering ‘keeper, who has never played at that level before.
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