Most Sheffield United fans were shocked to see Jayden Bogle miss out on the midweek clash with Hull City and Paul Heckingbottom has given a fresh update on the right-back.
Bogle is known to have a knee problem which meant Heckingbottom left him out of the squad to face Hull on Tuesday night. George Baldock took his place, but there was a definite missing dynamic down the right without Bogle’s presence.
This weekend sees United take on Swansea City. On paper, it is another very winnable game. However, it could be one that Heckingbottom once again has to do without using Bogle in.
“We’ll see. He has an issue with his knee which we will manage between now and the end of the season but with some management hopefully we can get him on the pitch,” Heckingbottom told Yorkshire Live.
“It’s week to week, game to game. He’s had a scan on it so we know the problem we’d look to intervene if he was out for a while but we are confident we can get him through to the end of the season and keep him involved. (Had been) pleased with him he’s been fantastic everyone knows what a good player he was saw that last season in the Premier League, but he’s been a bit more consistent this season.”
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Bogle has been outstanding all season for United. He’s scored three goals and set another up, although the total assists don’t tell the full story of his threat down the right.
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It’s becoming a bit of a nightmare, this. The Blades have now lost both Brewster and McGoldrick for most of the season and it looks like we won’t be seeing Bogle week in week out either.
Bogle has been exceptional at times. The drop off in threat down the right against Hull was noticeable. George Baldock does ok in the main, but he just doesn’t have that killer instinct that Bogle has in the final third.
Heckingbottom now faces the tricky task of managing a player who he knows could probably break down at any time during a game. Does he pick him for the big games? Or do we just go with Baldock and keep Bogle in reserve?
Certainly, it’s not the news Sheffield United fans wanted to hear when it comes to Jayden Bogle.