Iliman Ndiaye and Kyron Gordon both score as Sheffield United under-23s beat Coventry

Iliman Ndiaye and Kyron Gordon both score as Sheffield United under-23s beat Coventry

Sheffield United youngsters Iliman Ndiaye and Kyron Gordon both kept themselves in the eye of Chris Wilder with goals for the under-23s today.

The Blades youngsters ran out 3-2 winners against Coventry City at Bramall Lane, as the goals from Ndiaye, Gordon, and a late winner from Daniel Jebbison ensured victory for Paul Heckingbottom’s men.

And while Jebbison has yet to be involved in the first-team picture, both Ndiaye and Gordon have been in and around it of late.

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Ndiaye, in particular, has been in the last few matchday squads and continues to impress at under-23 level.


Chris Wilder has so far resisted the temptation to throw the young players into the mix. The Blades boss insisting that, for now, being in an around the first-team is good experience for his young upstarts.

However, Ndiaye is doing all he can it seems to impress. He opened the scoring from a cut-back from another Blades first-teamer, Frankie Maguire.

With games running out in the Premier League and Championship football a near certainty for Sheffield United next season, it will be interesting to see if Wilder does eventually give the likes of Ndiaye, Gordon and Maguire a chance before seasons end.

Will Ndiaye and Gordon get Sheffield United chance soon?

The short answer is no. At the moment, Chris Wilder is focused on trying to win games ensure United don’t go down with an embarrassing points total.

The win against Villa meant the Blades surpassed Derby’s 11 point haul, but Wilder is a proud man and will want a strong finish to the season.

Given his comments, plus his loyalty to some of the senior players in the group, it seems unlikely we’ll get a glimpse of these young lads at Premier League level.

Pre-season, however, represents a big chance for the likes of Ndiaye and Gordon, while Maguire and Antwoine Hackford – who got on at Crystal Palace – could also be knocking on the door in the Championship.

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