Slavisa Jokanovic says Sheffield United will look to recall Femi Seriki from his loan spell at Beerschot in January if his game time does not improve.
Seriki joined United’s sister club Beerschot on loan during the summer, in a bid to get more first-team experience under his belt.
But the full-back, who has made only one appearance for the Blades, has struggled to make an impact over in Belgium.
The 19-year-old has made only one appearance for Beerschot – a six-minute cameo off the bench in a 5-2 defeat to Charleroi.
Jokanovic addressed Seriki’s situation on Thursday, telling Yorkshire Live that he may look to recall Seriki in January should his game time not improve.
He said: “He does not need to be outside of the country if he does not play the games.
“Whether he can form part of my team or not he can continue his development in our under 23s and when I need him he can contribute for our side.
“It’s part of the decision, sometimes players play more, sometimes less minutes.
“In Seriki’s case I don’t know exactly what is the plan for the next week, for the next month, but if he does not get the time to play he’s our player and probably easier for him to be closer to us, even if he doesn’t play, than out of the country in their under 23 team.”
It’s good to see Jokanovic address the situation and say that he will look to recall the player if his game time does not improve.
Loan spells should be invaluable for players as they look to get more experience and more playing time away from their parent club.
Seriki has been left out of the matchday squad on a few occasions this season, though, and you have to wonder if that is going to change at all.