While Sheffield United couldn’t quite see off Preston on Tuesday night, former defender Chris Morgan was left in no doubt about Iliman Ndiaye again.
Ndiaye left the field with what looked like a minor knock again. It followed his departure against Peterborough after two goals on his full debut for the club on Saturday.
However, despite not getting on the scoresheet against Preston and being a tad quieter than he was against the Posh, Ndiaye was still one of the more positive performers in red and white.
And former skipper Morgan believes the rough ending to the game against North End overshadowed another good display from Ndiaye for the Blades.
Ndiaye impresses Morgan for Sheffield United
Ndiaye had a frustrating opening 45 minutes but came into the game more in the second 45 before being taken off. Often playing on the half-turn and looking to link with Billy Sharp, the 21-year-old once again looked the real deal.
And Morgan, speaking on SUTV Live, believes Ndiaye’s performance was overlooked somewhat because of the cruel late goal for Preston.
“Iliman again tonight, it would be nice to speak about him. He’s been positive again. There’s times the ball’s rolled into him, he turns, he gets at people,” Morgan said.
“He’s got a swagger, a little bit of cockiness about him. People might look at him and think ‘why should he have this cockiness?’. But why not? The lad’s a good player and he can do that. I think he’ll become a bit Jack Grealish-like with getting a few kicks and defenders will get sick of him.”
Ndiaye is already averaging a team-high three successful dribbles per game, per stats from Whoscored.com. Naturally, then, the fouls should follow the more games he plays.
Of course, we are just a few games into Ndiaye’s Blades career. But Morgan knows a player when he sees one, and so the Grealish comparisons will sit nicely with both Ndiaye, and United supporters.