Sheffield United have a rich history of producing some top young players and that seems to be continuing under Paul Heckingbottom’s eye.
The last few decades have seen United produce England internationals like Harry Maguire, Phi; Jagielka, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Kyle Walker. Along the way, a number of other players have gone on to have fine careers coming out of the academy. Names like Michael Tonge, Nick Montgomery and Billy Sharp among them.
Now, of course, all eyes are on Iliman Ndiaye at Bramall Lane. The Senegal international has been sensational since coming into the first XI. Ndiaye is said to be attracting Premier League attention. Keeping him, as most Blades know, is key to the club’s promotion hopes.
However, there are other youngsters impressing at The Lane right now. And answering some questions in a recent Q&A on Twitter, midfielder Ollie Norwood tipped striker Daniel Jebbison as another who will go right to the top.
Jebbison, who is still only 19, has been getting minutes lately. He scored at Millwall in the FA Cup to get his first of the season.
The teenager shot into the limelight during United’s relegation season from the Premier League. A goal at Everton caught the attention, with the Toffees said to be among the clubs who have thought about signing Jebbison.
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Heckingbottom is never going to put the pressure on Jebbison to deliver like McBurnie and Ndiaye have been. But the Blades boss has also laid down the gauntlet to the young striker to impress him.
In fairness to Jebbison, he’s done that recently. His cameo appearances have offered more than they were previously and he looks to have improved, both physically and tactically.
At 19, United have ample time to get the best from Jebbison. The talent and athleticism is there, it might just take a bit of patience. We’ve seen with Ndiaye how United’s young players can flourish. Daniel Jebbison, then, will hope to follow Ndiaye’s lead in the coming seasons.