Sheffield United’s under-23s made it five wins in a row with comfortable win over Hull City this afternoon, and two first-team players were on hand to contribute heavily to the victory.
Despite Andre Brooks scoring twice in the opening six minutes, it was goals from Daniel Jebbison and Joe Starbuck which will have pleased Paul Heckingbottom even more.
Jebbison, who has struggled for minutes since returning from Burton Albion on loan, was given a run-out as he looks to build up fitness ahead of Nottingham Forest’s visit on Friday evening. Starbuck, meanwhile, was on the bench at the weekend as United lost to Millwall 1-0.
There have been plenty of calls in recent weeks for Paul Heckingbottom to include Jebbison more often. Oli McBurnie’s struggles have seen supporters wonder why the teenager hasn’t been included more often. And scoring today will have done young ‘Jebbo’ no harm in terms of getting those extra minutes.
Starbuck, meanwhile, has been impressing ever since arriving in the summer. With United struggling at full-back through injury, a door has opened for the teenager.
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You can fully understand Paul Heckingbottom’s reluctance to throw Jebbison in. The Championship is a huge step up from League One and there is plenty for the youngster to learn and improve on. Further, United have been winning games as it is, so there’s been no big reason to really put that pressure on him.
However, some of the calls to see Jebbison over McBurnie are understandable. Many United fans want McBurnie to produce and do well. But as things stand, it’s just not happening for the big striker.
Ultimately, the longer that continues, the louder those calls from supporters – and Jebbison’s knocks on Heckingbottom’s door – will become. As things stand, Jebbison just needs to keep working hard and then when his chances come at either first-team or 23s level, ensure he takes them.
He’s done that today, and along with Starbuck, has given Heckingbottom something to think about for Friday.