Sheffield United: '˜You owe young David a favour' senior players are told

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, has accused some senior players of letting David Brooks down by denying the youngster an opportunity to showcase his talents.

Friday, 7th October 2016, 5:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 5:30 pm
David Brooks of Sheffield Utd leaves Joe Edwards of Walsall trailing during the Checkatrade Trophy match at Bramall Lane. Pic Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Brooks, a graduate of the League One club’s Steelphalt Academy, started Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy tie against Walsall after being promoted into the first-team squad this term.

Although Wilder absolved the teenager of any responsibility for the defeat which ended United’s hopes in the competition, he said: “Brooksy has been lively in training. He’s been with us all season.

“But I think it’s difficult for a young player to impress when the players around him aren’t performing. When the overall performance of the team around him isn’t good, then it’s going to be hard for him to be a shining light.

“He kept going and tried to cause them problems but, for too long in that game, I thought the lad was feeding on scraps.”

Brooks and Ben Whiteman, another midfielder to progress through United’s youth system this year, are both hoping to retain their places in Wilder’s plans when Port Vale visit Bramall Lane next weekend.

“When these lads come in, yes, they can’t expect any favours,” Wilder said. “Nobody, no matter stage they are at, can. But, at the same time, the more experienced lads have got to help them show what they can do because they are good players. We know that and we think a lot about them. But I don’t think that happened.”

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder admires David Brooks and Ben Whiteman

United were scheduled to meet Jon Whitney’s team in League One tomorrow but the game was postponed due to international call-ups. Louis Reed, Harry Chapman and Aaron Ramsdale are all away on England duty.

David Brooks started the Checkatrade Trophy clash with Walsall Pic Jamie Tyerman/Sportimage
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder admires David Brooks and Ben Whiteman
David Brooks started the Checkatrade Trophy clash with Walsall Pic Jamie Tyerman/Sportimage