EFL CHAMPIONSHIP

James McAtee signs for Sheffield United on loan

James McAtee, Six Sports

Manchester City prodigy James McAtee has joined Sheffield United on a season-long loan deal. He is the second City academy graduate to arrive at Bramall Lane, joining Tommy Doyle. 

Following the move to Sheffield United, McAtee has acknowledged that he is looking forward to the challenge of competing in the Championship. It is one of the most physical leagues in the world, and often challenging for newcomers. The 46-game season can often be gruelling and unpredictable.

What McAtee Said In His First Interview

I’m looking forward to the challenge, I’ve been building up to a loan for a few years now and I think I’m ready. Paul (Heckingbottom) was a lovely guy to meet. He showed me around and made me feel welcome. He was telling me about how he sees me playing and that’s how I see it too. 

The way Sheffield United play suits me and hopefully, I can help with creative options. Manchester City are obviously happy with the club, they want me to get some game time and experience.

McAtee is a graduate of City’s academy. He recently made the step up to the senior squad. Pep Guardiola gave him his chance last season in a 6-1 triumph over Wycombe Wanderers. During the rest of the 2021/22 season, the attacking midfielder appeared on five other occasions at the senior level after this cameo.

Given that McAtee thrived at the youth level during the previous season, the Blades may have made a very astute decision. He scored 18 goals and provided seven assists in 23 matches to help City’s Under-23 team win the Premier League 2 Division 1 championship.

Manager Paul Heckingbottom has had a good reputation with attacking midfielders. He helped Morgan Gibbs-White become one of the finest young midfielders in the division last year, who is now set to star for Wolves this campaign. McAtee and Manchester City fans will hope that he can replicate his success this time around as well.

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