Paddy Kenny cites four 'unbelievable' stars in Sheffield United transfer prediction
Sheffield United will use the success of their former academy players at the Euros to continue attracting top young talent.
That is according to ex-Blades shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the club’s prolific youth setup.
United’s academy provided the England team that reached the final with more players than any other team.
Kenny highlighted the long line of academy triumphs and claimed that it can be used to encourage gifted youngsters to come to Bramall Lane.
“This will be a big help and you’d expect it to carry on,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
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“If there are youngsters out there that you and other clubs are after and they see who you’ve brought through, it’s always going to help you attract them.
“They’ve got good coaches, good facilities and brought so many England players through over the years.
“Even back in the day, you had some unbelievable players come through and I played with quite a few.
“You had Phil Jagielka, Nick Montgomery, Michael Tonge, Kyle Naughton, Matt Lowton, they all made good careers coming through the Sheffield United academy.
“The England players now, Calvert-Lewin, Maguire, Walker, Ramsdale, if you throw those names out there you’re like ‘wow’.
“The talent that’s come through has done unbelievably well at club level and international.
“Kyle Walker was talking about how playing in the play-off final against Burnley was one of his proudest moments and I played in that game with him.
“Harry Maguire came through just as I was leaving. I knew Ramsdale when he was a kid too.“