It’s been quite the rise this season for Wes Foderingham at Sheffield United. The stopper has gone from being nowhere near getting a sniff to being the recognised number one, after seizing his chance in the absence of Robin Olsen.
‘League One Wes’ as he’s affectionately known among Blades fans has been a key figure in the recent resurgence under Paul Heckingbottom. He’s pulled off a number of fine saves when needed, and seems to have bred confidence back into the entire back line.
Foderingham, 30, has been speaking to Sheffield United’s official YouTube channel today too. And when answering some quick-fire questions, he gave a surprising answer when asked who the Blades’ best footballer is.
“The best footballer? Iliman (Ndiaye),” Foderingham said of his Sheffield United teammate.
“Without a question of doubt. He’s just unbelievably gifted. He’s got everything, so yeah, Iliman.”
Ndiaye has caught the eye on more than one occasion this term. He scored a superb individual goal at Fulham last time out, which prompted former Blade Kevin Gage to call him the ‘king of the dribble’.
The young forward penned fresh terms at the club this summer. From there, he was given his chance by Slavisa Jokanovic and has been one of the standout performers for the Blades this term.
Our View: Sheffield United Need To Make The Most Of Iliman Ndiaye While We Can
Ndiaye has to be up there with some of the best players we’ve had through the academy. His talent is ridiculous and we’re hearing more and more from those at the club just how good he is.
Foderingham’s latest comments back up assessments from other players. Ndiaye is clearly impressing, and has been credited by the likes of Chris Basham with making teammates look silly in training. Given we have players like John Fleck, Sander Berge, Morgan Gibbs-White, and John Egan on the books, this is high praise indeed for Ndiaye.
As a club, we need to make sure we maximise his time here. It won’t be long until Premier League clubs come sniffing.
Of course, we’ll be able to ask for a good fee. And if we don’t get promoted, there is an inevitability when it comes to Ndiaye’s long-term future at Bramall Lane. But for now, let’s just enjoy him. And with that, let’s hope he can fire us at least into the top six.