Over the summer Sheffield United have allowed a number of Academy players leave Bramall Lane to gain first team experience. Callum Semple was one of those and he joined Scottish club Queen of the South on loan until January.
Owing to their League Cup starting early the Scottish season is already in full swing but much like the English Football League, this didn’t start until this weekend.
Queen of the South play in the Scottish Championship, the second tier in their Football League structure. Managed by former Blade Gary Naysmith, The Doonhamers kick started their league campaign at Greenock Morton and despite having to comeback from a two-goal deficit, QoS battle hard to draw 2-2.
Semple netted his clubs first goal in this remarkable comeback. A report on Queen of the South Official website read; ‘The two goal advantage, though, only lasted five minutes as Queens fought to get back into the game. A set piece was partially cleared, but only as far as Dobbie. The goal scorer turned provider as he played a cross over the defenders into the path of Semple who volleyed home giving Scully no chance for 2-1.’
Callum was naturally delighted with his league debut appearance and goal and turned to twitter to extend his delight;
Delighted to make my league debut for @OfficialQosFC yesterday, unlucky not to get all 3 points but happy to score my first goal for the club, thanks to all the travelling fans????????
— Callum Semple (@callumsemple1) August 5, 2018
Sheffield United have allowed a number of Academy starlets to leave on loan, with the prospect of one day joining in the footsteps of masers Phil Jagielka, Michael Tonge and Harry Maguire and becoming a first team regular. Do you think that loaning out younger players to lower clubs gives players that much needed experience? Why not tell us your thoughts in the comments box below;