Nigel Clough admits Sheffield United want to offload defender Harrison McGahey this month

The 19-year-old defender is set to go out on loan to a League Two side this month.

Sheffield United’s season just got a little bit more straightforward. The Blades were still fighting on three fronts last week but Tottenham Hotspur dumped them out of the League Cup and then FA Cup exit followed against League One rivals Preston North End.

With that in mind the club, who brought in the likes of John Brayford, Paul Coutts and Matty done in January, are now slightly overpopulated across the board.

That means players are likely to leave in the upcoming loan window. One player Nigel Clough says is set to leave is defender Harrison McGahey. The Sheffield United manager told the Sheffield Telegraph:

“We’re two or three players heavy now, so some might have to go out and get some games on loan. Of course, we didn’t know until Tuesday what our schedule would be over the coming months.

“The main one is Harrison... he needs to get out and play some games, maybe in League Two. He’s only a young player at the start of his career but he came in and went straight into the team, and did well. At his age, he needs to be playing regularly.

“He looked a very promising player at the start of the season and showed what he can do, but since then he’s gone backwards a little bit.

“But that’s inevitable. We think very highly of him but he’s one player we’re looking to get out.”

The 19-year-old joined the club in the summer after leaving Blackpool and has become a first-team regular at Bramall Lane, featuring 22 times across all competitions this season.

But McGahey has not played for the club in League One since the Boxing Day defeat against Port Vale and not in any game since the FA Cup draw with Preston in January.

Plenty of teams in League Two would be happy to take on McGahey on loan for the next month or indeed the rest of the season and considering his age he could still become a first-team player at Sheffield United.

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