A general view of the stadium during the Slovenia v Portugal UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2018 Group B football match at Chesterfield FC Stadium, Chesterfield, UK on the 7th May 2018. Photo: Philip Oldham for FA

Everton defender joins Sheffield United on loan

FA Women’s Championship club Sheffield United have procured the services of Everton youngster Hannah Coan on loan for the duration of the 2020/2021 season according to reports on The Blades’ official club website.

The 19-year-old is known for being a ball-playing centre-back who can also do a job as a full-back, an asset which could prove useful if injuries pile up.

A product of the Everton academy, Coan broke into the Merseyside club’s first team during the 2019/2020 season. The defender was awarded her senior debut by manager Willie Kirk in the 4-0 FA Women’s Continental League Cup victory against Leicester City back in December.

She spoke to Sheffield United’s official media sources following her arrival and said “I’m really happy. It will be good for me to get some experience.

“The team did so well last season and they’re looking good again this season, we want to push on from that this year.

“The team has started this season really well with the win at the weekend, so it was good to see that.”

The signing of Coan marks the sixth arrival of the summer for The Blades who have already recruited Melissa Johnson, Ellie Wilson, Sophie Walton, Nat Johnson, and Fran Kitching. Neil Redfearn’s side are touted as one of the favourites to earn promotion to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and the depth that they have added to the squad over the summer puts them in a very healthy position.

The Blades certainly began the season in the best possible way with a 4-1 victory away at potential title rivals London City Lionesses last Sunday. That is a statement if ever there was one that United need to be recognised as genuine contenders for the top spot, even this early in the campaign.

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