De Laet’s a Belgian Blade
Posted by nickogs20 on September 25, 2010
Reds defender Ritchie de Laet has joined Championship side Sheffield United on loan for the next thirty days.
The Blades are short of numbers at the back following injuries to Chris Morgan and Rob Kozluk, and with Sir Alex Ferguson currently having a fully fit set of senior defenders to call upon and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reserves without a fixture for a month after Monday’s visit to Blackburn, De Laet’s temporary transpennine switch makes sense for all parties.
Sheffield United boss Gary Speed has revealed that the Belgian will be in immediate contention to play, starting with tomorrow’s trip to Elland Road, where he’ll likely face another club that were interested in taking him on loan. “We need versatile cover in case of further disruption and Ritchie will go straight into our squad at Leeds on Saturday,” Speed told sufc.co.uk. “I have seen him play loads of times, he’s a good, solid player and I’m very pleased to get him here.”
De Laet, 22, arrived at Old Trafford in a surprise January 2009 move from Stoke City and has justified the decision to bring him in, his impressive progress and useful versatility earning him six senior appearances so far. A full Belgian international, Ritchie is also the current United Reserve Player of the Year, and time out on loan to gain more experience of senior football has always looked like the next logical step in his development.