Sheffield United youngster David Parkhouse still doesn’t know if he has a future at Bramall Lane.
The 20-year-old has recently spent a season on loan in the League of Ireland Premier Division with Derry City, and his contract with the South Yorkshire club is set to expire in the summer.
As mentioned Parkhouse recently enjoyed a loan spell at Derry City, and it was a productive period for him in Northern Ireland.
Indeed he managed to score 11 goals and provide one assist in 34 appearances for the club as they finished in fourth place in their league (via Transfermarkt).
He has now returned to Sheffield United, but his impressive performances have led to reported interest from Scottish Premiership giants Celtic (via Football Insider).
However, Parkhouse insists that he still doesn’t know where his future lays. In an interview with The42 – relayed more recently by the Sheffield Star – he said: “At the minute, to be honest, I don’t know what’s happening.
“I know what I want to happen. I know I want to be a footballer and wherever’s going to get me the best opportunity, that’s where I want to be.
“Between the end of this week and January, there’s a lot of talking to be done, a lot of negotiating. It’s going to take a few months to figure out what the best plan is – it’s not going to happen overnight.
“Ultimately, I want to be where I’m going to get games.”
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has shown in the past that he isn’t afraid to give youth a chance.
You only have to go back to the 2017/18 season when he gave regular first-team opportunities to a young David Brooks (Transfermarkt), who ultimately ended up moving to the Premier League.
However, now that the Blades are in the top flight themselves they are likely to be looking at a higher calibre of player which may force Parkhouse further down the pecking order.
If Wilder cannot promise him a pathway into the first team, it may be wise for the 20-year-old to leave the club in search of better playing opportunities, which he has indicated is what he wants from his next move.
Celtic could be an option, but he is likely to have the same problem there with the likes of Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Bayo already at the club.
With that in mind, he may have to consider looking at other alternatives, although after his recent performances in Northern Ireland he shouldn’t be short of offers.
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