Name: Rhys Norrington-Davies
Club: Sheffield United
Date of Birth: 22 April 1999
Position: Left-back/Centre-back/Left midfielder
Rhys Norrington-Davies – his career so far
Just like many players before him, Rhys Llewelyn Norrington-Davies decided it would best for his development if he joined a lower-league team on loan in search of more game time and senior opportunities. Of course, with Sheffield United achieving promotion into the Premier League, it would be tough for a young and inexperienced player to force his way into Chris Wilder’s squad.
But stepping away from the club of his youth for a short while seems to have worked out for the now 21-year-old defender who has become a big part of Rochdale’s ventures in League One. Still, his first steps in the footballing world were taken back at Swansea City’s academy, which he joined as a really young lad.
In 2017, the Ryadh-born youngster was scouted and scooped up by Sheffield United, joining their academy and progressing through the ranks and into the development squads. And before going out on loan, Davies would first accompany the senior Blades on their pre-season tour in 2018.
His first loan spell, however, was with Barrow, who are now in the National League, and the young defender managed to tally 28 appearances for them, even registering two assists under his name in the process, before returning to Bramall Lane in the summer of 2019.
Shortly after that, he would join Rochdale on a season-long deal, a club he’s currently playing his football for. And needless to say, that stay in League One has been very productive and beneficial for the young full-back.
Since joining the team, Davies has been able to muster a total of 34 appearances, even scoring one goal and assisting further two as well, showcasing both his attacking and defensive talents.
Even though he is yet to tally a senior appearance for Sheffield United, he has been called up to sit on the bench three times, once in the Championship, once in the EFL Cup and once in the FA Cup. Sadly, he wouldn’t get the nod in either of those instances.
But if his stint at Rochdale has taught us anything, it’s that the potential is there and with a bit of grooming, he may yet make it as one of the Blades.
Davies might be out on loan but so far, no transfer rumours or transfer news are suggesting that stint might turn into something permanent once the deal comes to a close. And with Wilder rating the youngster rather highly, it would be quite a surprise to see the Blades cut ties with their 21-year-old defender.
Of course, at the moment no Sheffield United news out there could indicate he’s getting closer to the first-team at Bramall Lane but with his steady progress and clear development, there could still be a big future for him once he returns back home.
The current state of the footballing world is unique and with the summer transfer window approaching rapidly, there are bound to be more updates popping up sooner rather than later.
Davies seems like a well-developed and highly versatile player even at this early stage of his career. The youngster is primarily a left-back but his decent technical abilities and natural fitness to run up and down the flank mean he can also be deployed higher up the pitch and in the midfield role.
The 21-year-old is very good on the ball and has a decent pass in his arsenal. But he is most dangerous when given the space to make one of his marauding runs and then cross the ball into the box. His mentality is also on point and he seems determined, works hard and links up well with his teammates.
Apart from being aggressive and proficient in attack, he can also boast with a mean tackle and great sense of positioning when defending.
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