The future continues to look bright for Sheffield United, as Hassan Ayari and Antwoine Hackford impressed once again today.
The Blades youngsters lined up for the United under 23s this afternoon as they took on Hull City. For Ayari, it was his first time in the under 23 set up after being given the nod following impressive form in the under 18s.
Hackford, despite only being 16, has already been in and around the first XI this season and got his debut at Crystal Palace. Ayari, meanwhile, has been making waves and has already represented Tunisia at youth level.
And the pair didn’t disappoint this afternoon either as the Blades development squad saw off the Tigers with ease, winning 4-2.
Ayari got the Blades’ second goal of the day, turning in from an exciting counter-attack, before Hackford added the third for the Blades before the break.
The 18-year-old Tunisian continued where he left off in the second period, too, lashing home to make it 4-0 and a double on his debut.
Both players will no doubt be looking to push on next season and they continue to send a message to Chris Wilder that, if needs be, he has quality youngsters at his disposal.
The next batch? It looks that way
United’s rich history of producing young players looks set to continue here with both Hackford and Ayari looking excellent for the youth squads.
There are others, too. Marcus Dewhurst looks an assured stopper, while Sam Graham was back with the club and starting today. Femi Seriki also looks a talent at right-back, while Zak Brunt continues to impress and is another who has been around the first-team.
So, while Premier League matters continue to be a bit of a worry, at least Blades fans can look forward to seeing some top young talent in the coming seasons.