Sheffield United could be heading for a huge mistake with Regan Slater this summer as Hull City line up a permanent move for the 21-year-old after spending the season on loan with Grant McCann’s side.
The young midfielder joined the KCOM Stadium on loan before the 2020/21 campaign and helped the Tigers win the League One title, making 27 appearances in the third tier.
It has now been reported that, following their promotion to the Championship, Hull are keen to make the youngster’s stay a permanent one this summer.
Slater’s initial contract with Sheffield United was set to expire at the end of this season but it has reportedly been extended for another year, although The 72 claimed that the Blades would still be open to letting him leave permanently this summer.
Although the youngster struggled for game-time earlier in the campaign, he established himself as a regular in McCann’s side towards the end of the season as they approached the climax of their campaign.
This demonstrates that he won over the former Peterborough boss with his efforts in training and on the pitch and convinced him that he should be a key part of their promotion run-in.
He started eight of their final nine games, in which they lost just once on the final day against Charlton, when the title had already been secured, so it is no surprise that McCann wants him in his squad again next season as they prepare for life in the Championship.
That run of games was kickstarted by an appearance against Gillingham, which earned him the praise of McCann, who said: “He was excellent. He picked up a lot of second balls. His passing was clean. His energy was good.
“It was a good performance from Regan, he’s a very good player. Hopefully, a lot of people could see that in his performance.”
Sheffield United also need to prepare for life back in the Championship next season following their relegation from the top flight, and it would perhaps prove to be a mistake to sell a bright prospect such as Slater to one of their divisional rivals.
With both Sander Berge and John Lundstram widely expected to leave in the summer, a young midfielder such as Slater could definitely be afforded first team opportunities next season, and any new manager at Bramall Lane would surely want to have a look at the 21-year-old to see if he has the potential to feature in the squad.
Therefore, Sheffield United sporting director Jan van Winckel should definitely avoid selling Slater on a permanent deal this summer, as he deserves a chance to show what he can do at Bramall Lane, and it could prove to be a huge mistake to let him go if he were to fulfil his potential elsewhere.