With the Championship just around the corner for Sheffield United and manager Chris Wilder, the decision must be made, on what is going to happen to the six current players out on loan elsewhere.
One of which is fan-favourite, John Brayford, who has spent United’s promotion campaign out on loan at Championship outfit Burton Albion.
Brayford first joined the Blades, back in 2014, on loan from Cardiff City and the transfer was made permanent six months after returning to the Bluebirds in January 2015.
Playing over 50 games for United, the 29-year-old was one of the first names on United’s team sheet, until the beginning of this season were returned to his former club Burton after nearly an eight year absence on loan.
This makes everyone ask the question, is there still room in Wilder’s locker room for Brayford, and what would be the best decision for Brayford to make next season…
The right-back still has a two-year contract left at Bramall Lane, so the obvious thing to do would be to stay a fight for a place in Wilder’s first team.
Although, with Brayford’s competitor Kieron Freeman having such an impressive season at United this campaign, it doesn’t look likely that Freeman will be dropped anytime soon.
If Brayford can re-light his form that he showed during the 2014/15 campaign under Nigel Clough, when the Blades reached the FA Cup semi-final, then Brayford may be able to reclaim his first team spot.
On the other hand, Burton will surely be calling to re-sign Brayford on a permanent, after many impressive performances at the Pirelli Stadium, which saw Burton survive the drop in the Championship.
The defender is also known to has a strong personal relationship with Burton and former Blades manager Clough, as during Clough’s time in management he has managed Brayford at three different clubs, with the third club being Derby County.
Brayford has been a regular in the Brewers first team, and has also acted as Burton’s vice-captain behind John Mousinho, therefore if he was to move to Burton on a permanent deal he would be guaranteed first team football.
Blades fans… What do you think? Do you see Brayford having a future at Bramall Lane? Or would you cash in on him whilst he’s still under contract? Let us know in the comments below!