Former Sheffield United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has stated that he doesn’t feel Regan Slater is ready to be to be thrown straight into the first team at Bramall Lane, during a recent interview with Football Insider.
The Blades are currently preparing for life back in the Sky Bet Championship, with Slavisa Jokanovic having taken over the reigns on the red side of the Steel City.
Slater spent the whole of last season out on loan at Hull City and impressed many with his assured performances in the centre of midfield as the Tigers secured promotion at the first attempt, going up as League One champions.
Now it appears that Jokanovic may be wiling to utilise the youngster in his first team plans next term as he looks to put together a side capable of going straight back up.
However Kenny was quick to admit recently that he doesn’t feel that the 21-year-old is ready just yet:
“He’s been playing at Hull and been promoted with them last season, but I’d be surprised if he’s ready to be thrown in at the deep end.
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“In the Championship you need experienced pros to help you get out of the division.
“It might be one of those where he comes in, gets some games and plays a bit-part role in the team.”
Slater was due to be out of contract this summer until the Blades took up the option to keep his for s further year.
It has also been said recently that Hull would be keen on securing the youngster on a permanent deal this summer, although it is yet unclear if they will make a bid or not.
The youngster made a good impression whilst at Hull, but I have to agree with Kenny here, I don’t think he’ll come in as a regular starter under Jokanovic.
He will inevitably have to bide his time and it may be a case of the Blades slowly working into him into the team to see how he gets on.
The Championship is a whole different ball game in comparison to League One and I think he may struggle at first before he gets settled in.
Slater is still only 21 and this coming season will give a big indication over whether he is going to make it in the long term at Bramall Lane or not, as he only has one year remaining on his current deal.