Sheffield United have signed Chesterfield’s Jay O’Shea on loan for the remainder of the season, as confirmed on the club website.
The 28-year-old has been a key player for the Spirits since permanently signing for the Derbyshire club from Milton Keynes Dons in 2013. O’Shea was part of the 2012/13 League Two title winning squad and has amassed over 200 appearances for Chesterfield, alongside a huge 42 goals.
This term, the Irishman, who is out of contract in the summer, has accumulated 33 appearances and bagged an impressive eight goals for the struggling League One club. Blades boss Chris Wilder was delighted to secure the services of O’Shea, “Jay is someone we’ve monitored for quite a while now. He is a very good footballer, capable of playing in several attacking positions.
“He plays centrally or in wide areas and we’re confident he will create chances and score goals too. He gives us options and versatility and has been a standout performer when Chesterfield have enjoyed success.”
Many Sheffield United fans were pleased with the new signing, their fourth of the month, and expressed their joy on Twitter:
Another good thing about the Jay O'Shea signing is that he's a goalthreat from free kicks, something we've not had for years #twitterblades
— Bran The Blade⚔ (@SufcBran) January 24, 2017
— Aaron Outram (@azzle94) January 24, 2017
However, many Blades were cautious of the transfer but ultimately place faith in their manager:
I'm not too keen on Jay O'Shea at all but I'd trust Wilder with my last Rolo #TwitterBlades
— Ben (@bedders30) January 11, 2017
gotta be honest I'm underwhelmed with signing jay o'shea but if our Chris thinks he's good enough that'll do for me #twitterblades
— Dan (@dansenior1889) January 10, 2017
Chesterfield fans were sad to see their star man leave to their League One counter-parts:
@ChesterfieldFC disappointing to see him go but if it's what he wants then it's for the best. Thanks for the memories Jay
— Jamie Welton (@jamie_welton) January 24, 2017
— Tom Pike (@TomPike21) January 23, 2017
O’Shea will not be available for tonight’s fixture with Fleetwood Town and will have to wait over a week for United’s next match- a clash with AFC Wimbledon. The former Republic of Ireland U21 international played in this season’s Sheffield United fixture as the league-leaders defeated his parent club 4-1.