BBC pundit Micah Richards loves to bring up his ‘bursting onto the scene’ talk with Roy Keane, and Sheffield United’s Daniel Jebbison can lay claim to doing the same.
‘Jebbo’ launched his career last term with a goal on his full debut at Everton, as the young striker tapped in during a wet evening at Goodison Park.
As 90 minute debuts go, they don’t come much better really. Jebbison, who is still a teenager, showed more in that one performance than much of United’s strike force had done all season. It wasn’t just the goal, either.
His movement, the way he put himself about, and the natural instinct to get on the end of the chance that came his way, all had United fans chomping at the bit to see more. And see more we did. Jebbison started the next and final two PL games of the season. Despite not scoring, he impressed again.
But with so many attacking options for United and new boss Slavisa Jokanovic, is the time right for Jebbison to spend a bit of time out on loan?
There’s certainly pros and cons when it comes to that discussion point.
That will be the big dilemma facing Jokanovic at the moment. Let’s not forget, in Jebbison, he has a striker on his hands who’s already attracting admiring glances from the likes of Manchester United.
The new Blades boss is also no stranger to giving youngsters a go. See Ryan Sessegnon at Fulham, for example.
Jokanovic’s problem comes in the form of the sheer options he has available to him in the striking department. Jebbison is among a big number who could stake a claim to start.
David McGoldrick is likely to be most people’s first-choice forward. Of course, we don’t know if Jokanovic will think the same.
Then we have McBurnie and Brewster. Two players who so many are banking on to perform and, in fairness to them, have done it at Championship level.
Billy Sharp will return from injury as well. Nobody needs to tell him where the goal is. Lys Mousset is also in contention, having scored in the pre-season win over Europa Point. Also don’t forget Oliver Burke.
Deeper into the squad, there’s two more youngsters in Iliman Ndiaye, and Antwoine Hackford. Both have already tasted first-team action, and both are highly-regarded at The Lane.
Jebbison, then, is among nine attacking options. And that’s before Jokanovic even signs anyone.
While there are no concrete reports or links, some talk this week has seen Jebbison linked with Sunderland. The Black Cats remain in League One, and will be desperate for someone to fire them to promotion.
Whether anything comes to light, remains to be seen. But sending Jebbison out on loan might not be the worst idea in the world. Especially if we limit it to just a move until January.
That will give Jokanovic the chance to work with the more experienced lads up front, and see if they produce. With Jebbison out on loan – and hopefully scoring – it leaves the Blades with another option should things be looking shaky in January.
Obviously, Jebbison might impress Jokanovic so much this summer that he’s straight in the team anyway. That would mean someone else leaving, as United surely can’t carry the amount of strikers we have.
Jokanovic – and some players – face some big calls in the coming weeks and Daniel Jebbison is likely to among those calls. Either way, though, United have a serious talent on their hands once again.