It’s a fair assumption to say most Sheffield United fans are pretty excited by the prospect of seeing more Iliman Ndiaye in the coming seasons.
Ndiaye, 21, has already made his first-team bow in the heavy defeat at Leicester. He has also been in the matchday squads for a number of weeks now.
Predominantly a forward but with the ability to drop as a number ten, Ndiaye is highly-regarded in the youth set up at Bramall Lane. Having hit double figures for the under-23s this term, he’s an obvious talent.
Interestingly, a report from respected French outlet Foot Mercato this week has offered more insight into Ndiaye. There are some fascinating take aways in there, including how some in France branded Ndiaye the ‘new Zizou’ (Zinedine Zidane) when he was just 10-years-old.
Iliman Ndiaye dreams of replicating Sadio Mane
The report delves slightly further into Ndiaye’s past and future. It states how the young Blades star dreams of representing Senegal. How he dreams of following in the footsteps of Liverpool star, Sadio Mane.
Ndiaye moved to London aged 14. He now finds himself on the edge of being the next big thing to emerge from United’s academy. With just a handful of games remaining, Ndiaye will be hoping Paul Heckingbottom shows some faith in him.
Further, injuries to Billy Sharp and Oli McBurnie could open the door for him. While Lys Mousset and Rhian Brewster will also be hoping for more minutes.
The future looks a bright one for Ndiaye. And if he can achieve half of what his idols and comparatives in Zidane and Mane have achieved, then he’ll have had himself a fine career at the very top level.