Date: 14th December 2018 at 1:00pm
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Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder confirmed in his pre-game press conference ahead of tonight’s clash with West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns that Leon Clarke was struggling with a knock, so we had recalled talented youngster Tyler Smith from his loan spell out at non-league Barrow.

The 20-year-old has been with the National League side since the summer, and he’s made good progress and continued to impress in his development, featuring 24 times with a return of 11 goals.

Highly rated and with plenty feeling he’s one for the future, he’s potentially in line to play some part under the floodlights later this evening as we go in search of three points.

Speaking to the Star as he met with the media, our gaffer explained that Clarke would be given a late fitnes test and if he doesn’t make it, the youngster gets his opportunity.

“We’re just assessing Leon and we’ll give him as much time as possible. We’ve recalled young Tyler from Barrow, where he’s done well and scored a few goals. That’s good, for the lad and for the other youngsters in the academy. They had a good result last night at Middlesbrough in the FA Youth Cup and they’re seeing opportunities for themselves. So if Leon isn’t involved, then Tyler will – and we’re looking forward to that.”

Be interesting to see how the lad does but he returns with some good reviews.