Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, has revealed the club would have resisted any attempt to lure Louis Reed away from Bramall Lane during the recent transfer window, writes James Shield.
The Redtooth Academy graduate has become an almost permanent fixture on Clough’s team sheets this season after being awarded his senior debut 10 months ago.
Although Clough concedes that Reed’s performances are “bound” to have captured the imagination of top-flight clubs, he told The Star: “You can understand why he’d be attracting attention. But he’s not going anywhere.
“There are certain people that you look to build a team around. Jamie Murphy, Reedy, they both fall into that category.”
Murphy’s decision to sign a contract extension, coupled with the arrival of players such as John Brayford, Matt Done and Paul Coutts, prompted Clough to describe United’s dealings last month as a “success.”
Terry Kennedy, who could make his sixth appearances of the season at Gillingham this afternoon, also agreed fresh terms with Bramall Lane’s hierarchy and Clough said: “It was as important to get Jamie and Terry tied-up as it was to bring someone in. They’re both important players for us.
“We’re pleased with the five who came in during the window. We’ve needed a striker and Matt has got some goals lately.
“Hopefully, he can help provide the energy and spark that was lacking the other night.”
Clough was referring to Tuesday’s FA Cup defeat by Preston North End which saw last season’s semi-finalists exit this season’s competition at the fourth round stage.
Like Brayford, Coutts, Kieron Freeman and Jason Holt, Done was ineligible for selection against the visitors from Deepdale but is expected to make his United debut when they return to League One action at Priestfield. Kennedy, who like Reed also graduated from the South Yorkshire club’s Redtooth Academy, could also feature.
Reflecting upon Done’s arrival from Rochdale hours before Monday’s deadline for permanent signings, Clough said: “We’d been watching Matt for a while. That was when we were able to get it sorted-out but it wasn’t a last minute thing, far from it.
“Matt was very high up on our list, among that group of top choices, because he can play as a striker and also brings the option of being able to play out wide.”
“You can see with the last performance why we needed to bring a few in,” Clough added. “The schedule has been very demanding, both mentally and physically, lately.”