Sheffield United hosted their end of season awards ceremony last night and it was an evening to remember for Morgan Gibbs-White and others in the squad.
Gibbs-White picked up both the player and young player of the year awards. The Wolves loanee has been frighteningly good for the Blades, hitting double figures for goals and assists this season. Of course, Gibbs-White has been one of a number of players to have excellent campaigns.
Among the shining lights once again has been veteran striker and skipper, Billy Sharp. The experienced forward is currently out injured. Indeed, he could miss the playoff run, although he’ll be desperate to make the final, should United squeeze their way past Nottingham Forest.
In Sharp’s absence, both Gibbs-White and fellow youngster, Iliman Ndiaye, have shone. And speaking at this weekend’s awards ceremony, the Blades skipper praised the attacking duo for stepping up to the plate.
‘They’re two very, very sensational players. Similar but different in the same breath,” Sharp told SUTV.
“Morgan runs all day, he’s got tricks in abundance. Scores a lot of goals and assists as well. Iliman, he has took on the number nine role while I’ve been injured, getting in the box, scoring scrappy goals. But again, he’s scored a sublime left-footed finish (against Fulham) today. Like I say, it’s been a big team effort this season.”
Gibbs-White and Ndiaye will be tasked with leading the line once more this weekend as Forest visits The Lane.
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And that’s just how good Gibbs-White has been really. The consistency he’s shown for someone so young has been quite remarkable. That’s where Ndiaye has probably fallen down a tad, but Paul Heckingbottom has managed him superbly.
He took Ndiaye out of the firing line somewhat and then publicly laid down a marker by demanding Ndiaye do even more to impress him. Since then, and with Sharp injured, the young striker has been immense.
Any other year, Ndiaye would run away with the YPOTY award. It’s a shame, really, that we are unlikely to see more of the deadly duo. But with two, possibly three games to go, all us Blades fans can do is enjoy their brilliance.