By Paddy Kenny

7th Jul, 2021 | 8:18am

Sheffield United may have next 'Maguire' on their hands amid doc reveal - Paddy Kenny

Sheffield United may have the next Harry Maguire on their hands after Slavisa Jokanovic’s meticulous research into the club’s youth stars.

That is according to ex-Blades legend Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Star reported the Serb’s preparation on 5th July.

They claim that the newly-appointed United boss compiled a file on the club’s most promising youth prospects before taking charge in May.

The Blades handed debuts to a number of academy stars last season including Femi Seriki, Daniel Jebison and Iliman Ndiaye.

Kenny hailed Jokanvoic for his thoroughness and predicted that youngsters could continue to play a prominent role for United next season.

“You’d like to think this shows he’s going to be about for a while,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“If these youth players hear that, they’ll know they could get a chance to come back and produce for the club.

“Sheffield United over the years have been known for getting a lot of young players through the youth system. You’ve got Phil Jagielka, Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire.

“It seems like a positive move from the manager that he’s putting these files together and having a look at the young lads. They might get a chance at some point and add to that list of players.

United begin their Championship campaign against Birmingham City on 7th August.

They were relegated at the end of 2020-21 after amassing just 23 points all season.

In other news, pundit claims quirk in Sheffield United star’s contract could see him leave for bargain fee this summer.