Sheffield United have made a decision on the future of centre-back Panos Retsos, as his loan deal with the club is due to expire on June 30th.
Sheffield United tweeted out on Monday that the defender has now returned to Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. This is due to the fact that the Blades have decided not to take up the option to purchase the player on a permanent deal.
Instead of trying to negotiate an extension to his loan deal so that he could complete the season, which they have done with fellow loanees Dean Henderson and Richairo Zivkovic, they have allowed the Greek to go back to Germany.
However he has not found it easy to get into the Blades starting eleven as he only featured once, per Transfermarkt, since signing in January, and that was a cameo in a 2-1 victory in the FA Cup against Championship side Reading.
He is only 21 years-old so there is potential for him to grow quite a lot as a defender but to get him on loan was a very clever idea as Chris Wilder could get a look at the player.
Clearly he didn’t do enough to warrant a longer stay at Bramall Lane. Blades supporters will have full trust in the manager and his decisions, given he has guided them from League One to the top half of the Premier League in the last few years.
Retsos’ failure to break into the team suggests he wasn’t good enough, and with a £7.2m value it would have been an expensive mistake had they signed him and he continued to make little impact. So it is probably a smart move and for the best for both the club and the player that he is returning back to Germany.
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