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Wilder on Woodburn's development

12 October 2018

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Boss Chris Wilder insists Liverpool loanee Ben Woodburn still has a big role to play for the Blades this season.

The teenager hasn't featured for the Blades since last month's stalemate with Birmingham City, but Wilder says that's been purely down to the form of those currently in possession of the shirts.

He remarked: "The exposure out there about what Ben has done is beyond our control. He needs to get into the team like anyone else.

"There is no pressure with any of our loan players, I've never had it with Jamal (Blackburn), Cameron (Carter-Vickers) or Ben this year.

"It's tough for Ben, it's a first bump in the road for him, it's his first loan, he's only 18 and he'll enjoy a great future in the game, but like everyone it's down to him."

The manager added: "I don't want it to be easy for anyone, regardless of whether it is Ben at 18, Paul Coutts coming back, or Leon Clarke.

"There has to be a level of trust between myself and the players and if we're winning games and players are doing well, then they will keep their shirt.

"If players are playing well they'd be disappointed to miss out, so it's down to Ben to show what he's about and we're in constant dialogue with Ben and Liverpool and everyone is happy with the situation."

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