Jayden Bogle the surprise new signing to fit straight into Sheffield United system
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Jayden Bogle the surprise new signing to fit straight into Sheffield United system

Jayden Bogle now has three goals in 10 appearances for Sheffield United.

Bogle scored the all important equaliser against West Bromwich Albion as the Blades went onto win 2-1 and secure another vital three points.

Not bad for a wing-back who is still only 20-years-old and had never played in the Premier League prior to this season.

In fact, of the signings United made last summer, the arrival of Bogle from Derby County alongside Max Lowe was unlikely to have been considered particularly groundbreaking.

That opinion may well have changed now, with the defender arguably the most influential new signing so far in 2020/21.


Bogle’s other goals helped get a 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion and beat Bristol Rovers 3-2 in the FA Cup. The latter has kickstarted a run of results which now reads five wins in the last seven matches.

Yet while that catches the eye, it doesn’t tell the full story. Bogle is the breathe of fresh air the Blades didn’t realise they needed.

How Jayden Bogle has boosted Sheffield United

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“It (the goal) was another fantastic moment for me, but more importantly for the team as well,” Bogle told the club website after the West Brom win.

“I just love getting in those attacking areas and trying to create things. But also I understand that defensively it’s a massive part of my game as well. I just try and put two and two together.”

Bogle makes it sound simple and in many ways it is. However, making it work in practice is much trickier.

Yet what is perhaps the most impressive thing about Bogle is how quickly he has fitted into and understood Chris Wilder’s system.

He knows when to get forwards, popping up in and around the box during attacks and confusing defenders. But also has the stamina and positioning to track back and defend.

At their best, the Blades have players moving fluidly and swapping roles. Bogle appears to have adapted to this almost immediately. Perhaps better than any new signings since United were promoted back to the top flight.

With George Baldock coming off injured against the Baggies, Bogle’s chances in the starting XI look set to continue.

He may have kept Baldock out in any case, such is his rapid rise and importance to this side.

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