de Nadal, the Real Deal?
New Sheffield United manager Francesc de Nadal has had an encouraging start at Bramall Lane and has introduced a very exciting new footballing philosophy to the club. In this exclusive ESPN report we take a look behind the scenes to see what the Spaniard is doing right.
One of the ex-Barcelona player's first moves was to replace former captain Michael Doyle with local boy Harry Maguire who is only 20 years old. However, although this decision didn't go down too well with the Irishman at first, it has certain paid dividends in recent weeks. As captain Maguire has been exceptional at the back and as captain and some have called him the standout player in League 1 this season. Although, one must not forget the influence of his young centre back partner, Michael Keane, who has come in on loan from Manchester United and together they have formed a formidable defensive partnership. The downside to all the hype around these two young centre halves is that they will soon attract interest from bigger clubs and this poses the question: how long the Yorkshire club can hold on to their key defensive pairing?