Sport: Millwall boss speaks out on potential permanent Sheffield United deal

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Millwall boss Gary Rowett has confirmed he will assess at the end of the season whether he wants to make a deal for Sheffield United forward Oliver Burke a permanent agreement, speaking to News At Den.

The Scotsman has been limited to just nine appearances during his stay in the English capital thus far due to a hamstring injury, but has been able to re-establish himself as a key starter since his return, recording one goal and one assist in his last three league games.

He has already made triple the number of league appearances he was able to record at parent club Sheffield United this term, previously looking as though he would be an important part of Slavisa Jokanovic’s plans after playing in their opening three games of the season but only being used in cup competitions after that.

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And his playing time doesn’t look set to improve anytime soon either, with current Blades boss Paul Heckingbottom wanting to tie Billy Sharp down to a new contract and Rhian Brewster and Daniel Jebbison two young, exciting options for the 44-year-old to pick from.

This could potentially open the door for Rowett’s men to swoop in and seal a permanent agreement for the 25-year-old who may want to secure a longer-term move away from Bramall Lane to win more first-team football.

But this isn’t an issue that will be addressed until the summer, according to his current loan side’s manager.

Speaking to News At Den, Rowett said: “We know what he can do, he’s shown that over his career. What he needs to do now is try to show that more consistently.

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“He’s in a good place and is enjoying it here.

“They’re the sort of decisions that you make at the end of the season [over a potential permanent deal] when you sit down with the parent club, the player and your own club and you make an assessment as to what we want to do moving forward.”

The Verdict:

He’s under contract under 2023 – but with only 12 months left on his deal when the summer comes along – you could easily see the Blades letting him go for a cut-price fee and it would be in their best interests to do so to get him off the wage bill permanently.

There’s little chance of him reviving his career in South Yorkshire anytime soon with Heckingbottom giving an Oli McBurnie a chance to shine recently, even though it was probably out of necessity rather than choice with their forward options limited at this point.

When all their options are available though, with the Blades potentially set to play one up top for the long term if they opt to operate with a 3-4-2-1 system, that would probably limit Burke’s chances further even with the possibility of the Scotsman playing behind the striker.

His versatility is why he can reassert himself as a viable first-team option at Bramall Lane – but he will probably be valued more at Millwall and considering the struggles he has endured at his parent club – it would probably be good for him to make a fresh start elsewhere.

At 25, he shouldn’t give up on becoming a potential top-tier player again in the future and at The Den, their off-field stability and defensive solidity will always give them a chance of being in and around the promotion mix for years to come.

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