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Jokanovic challenges Ndiaye and Gibbs-White to do even better for Sheffield United

There is no question that both Iliman Ndiaye and Morgan Gibbs-White have been two of the shining lights for Sheffield United in their stop-start season so far.

Ndiaye, after finally coming to terms on a new contract, has been put into the first-team and scored twice on his home debut against Peterborough.

Wolves loanee Gibbs-White has also shone at times. The 21-year-old has scored three times, and assisted another two in his nine Blades appearances so far.

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In terms of the attacking quartet Jokanovic picks, the young duo are probably the first two names on the team-sheet. However, ahead of the clash with Nottingham Forest this evening, manager Slavisa Jokanovic has hinted that he wants to see the extravagant pair tone things down at times.

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They perform well. I believe some kind of improvement is coming. But on the other side, these are two young players. Sometime I expect that they do something a bit more simple, more simple things,” Jokanovic said.

“One of the complicated things in football is to play simple. Sometimes they touch the ball so many times in situations. I believe they can play still better football. But we can say the players in best form are these two players.”

Ndiaye and Gibbs-White are both expected to start at the City Ground this evening. United could potentially move into the top half of the table if they can pick up a big three points.

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It’s a fair enough point Jokanovic makes. He’s not going to go building the pair up to the point they think they’ve cracked it, so there’s bound to always be something he wants them to improve on.

But, while MGW and Ndiaye might overdo it at times, they are still the most exciting players in this Sheffield United side by some margin. If they don’t play, then there’s an instant drop in United’s attacking prowess.

Ndiaye was unlucky not to score at the weekend after being ruled offside, while Gibbs-White is a constant threat down the right. The Wolves loanee has already scored at the City Ground this season. A repeat tonight, then, would do nicely for the Blades.

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