Former Sheffield United star, Michael Brown, has picked out Phil Jagielka and Billy Sharp as two shining examples at The Lane.
The experienced duo have sat patiently all season this term. Jagielka has played just a handful of games, but was brilliant in the win at Manchester United last month.
Sharp, meanwhile, has found himself back in the fold lately and has scored crucial winners against the likes of Newcastle and West Brom.
And Brown, who was speaking on Alan Biggs’ Talking Sport programme this week, believes both players deserve huge credit.
“Him (Sharp) and Phil Jagielka, behind the scenes, have sat patiently and tried to help that squad,” Brown commented.
“I said to them recently you never know when you might be back or might play. And it just shows you doesn’t it. Their application is great, they keep going, keep working hard. Phil gets man of the match against Man Utd, Billy is scoring goals. It’s a lesson for everyone out there, I’m really pleased for those two.”
Jagielka’s performance at Old Trafford was something of a throwback to his Everton days. Blades skipper Sharp, meanwhile, seems to be fitter and stronger than ever despite turning 35 this week.
Sharp and Jagielka vital, on and off the pitch
Chris Wilder has said this recently but the contribution of Jagielka and Sharp off the field should not be underestimated.
Obviously, we know Sharp is driven and wants to play and score goals. But he has not sulked, not moaned, and has got on with the job and seized his chance when it’s come along.
Jagielka is looking more and more likely to settle into some sort of coaching role with the club you’d think. Despite not playing a lot, he’s accepted his role and is relishing it. His influence, then, should not be underestimated.