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Ritchie De Laet signs for Sheffield

Siddarth Saturday, September 25, 2010
Sheffield United have signed Manchester United’s Ritchie De Laet on a 1 month loan to bolster their injury hit defense.

The Blades are missing defenders Rob Kozluk and Chris Morgan through injuries, so De Laet arrival should provide cover for the defense. His versatility is a boon as he can play anywhere in defense, with Right back being his best position.

Having lost Chris Morgan with a hamstring injury and Rob Kozluk to injuries already, Blades boss Gary Speed moved to cover the gap, confirming that Ritchie is in contention for a start this weekend’s trip to Leeds "We need versatile cover in case of further disruption and Ritchie will go straight into our squad at Leeds on Saturday.” he told “I have seen him play loads of times, he's a good, solid player and I'm very pleased to get him here."

Ritchie joined Manchester United from Stoke City in January 2009, initially considered to have been signed as a cover for the reserves, he has developed into an excellent defender, who’s unexpectedly good going forward, he’s very comfortable running with the ball, and is an excellent attacking full back. He’s also currently Manchester United’s Reserve player of the year, and has already made 6 appearances for United’s first team and has impressed whenever played at Full back.

Already 22, the move to loan him out seemed right as De Laet needs first team experience to improve further, he’s clearly too good for the reserves level currently.He should prove to be an excellent acquisition for Sheffield and their fans can look forward to watching the exciting Belgian in action.

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DeviledSpam said...

Great opportunity for DeLaet 2 get some needed XI playtime 2 progress. Agree that he's outgrown the reserves & if we want him to be a serious option for us in the future, he needs more experience. He ain't getting any younger.

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