Sheffield United manager, Paul Heckingbottom, has been singing the praises of George Baldock ahead of the clash with Swansea this evening.

Baldock has been an ever-present for United this season as he continues to impress and hold down the right wing-back slot, with Jayden Bogle out injured. For Baldock, it’s been a chance to cement his place back in the XI after losing out to the impressive Bogle for much of last term.

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Of course, the Greek defender was an integral part of the Blades’ rise to the Premier League. He played a key role under Chris Wilder and, along with Enda Stevens, was always first-choice at wing-back.

And according to Paul Heckingbottom, Baldock appears refocused after getting into the Greece squad.

Heckingbottom Praises Baldock

When asked if Baldock was playing as well as he’d ever done for Sheffield United, Heckingbottom responded kindly and admitted he’s been delighted with the wing-back this season.

“Yeah, as far as from my time here, I can’t comment from before that. There’s a good focus about him. A good determination about him,” Heckingbottom told SUTV.

“I think he really enjoyed his international call ups. They’ve given him a different perspective on football, because it’s different, you’re representing your country and the people of the country and it’s a different style of football. I think it’s reinvigorated him a bit in terms of something else to enjoy. We’re pleased with where he’s at.”

Hecky went on to add how he would still like to see Bogle back ASAP but with Baldock playing so well, it had taken the pressure off in terms of rushing the former Derby man back into action. He did add that Bogle brings a different dynamic to the team, so it will be interesting to see who is first-choice after the World Cup.

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