These Sheffield United fans want Hassan Ayari in first team after impressing for Tunisia
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These Sheffield United fans want Hassan Ayari in first team after impressing for Tunisia

Sheffield United youngster Hassan Ayari was the standout player for Tunisia in the Under-20s African Cup of Nations.

Ayari scored and assisted to help his country to a 2-0 victory over Namibia on Thursday.

The 19-year-old set up the opener from a free-kick, before firing home the second to send Tunisia top of their group.

They drew 0-0 with Burkina Faso in their opening match and will face Central Africa in the final group game on Sunday.


Ayari has earned plenty of plaudits in his relatively short career since arriving at the Blades from TW Braga – an amateur youth academy in Northern Ireland.

The Tunisian says his ambitions are to break into the first team and make a name for himself as quickly as possible.

Ayari is well on his way to achieving that, having enjoyed rapid progress in the United academy.

The teenager was quickly moved into the Under-23s after scoring 11 goals and providing five assists in 10 matches for the Under-18s.

Ayari made the step up with ease, scoring twice on his debut for Paul Heckingbottom’s side in a 4-2 win against Hull City.

Yorkshire Live reports that he’s also been joining in with first team training sessions at Shirecliffe.

After impressing for Tunisia, should Hassan Ayari be given his chance?

Well these Blades fans certainly think so:

Manager Chris Wilder has been giving more opportunities to academy players in recent times.

Antwoine Hackford became the club’s youngest ever Premier League player earlier this year when the 16-year-old came off the bench at Crystal Palace.

The likes of Zak Brunt, Kyron Gordon and Frankie Maguire have also been named among the substitutes.

Meanwhile, Rhys Norrington-Davies has been impressing on loan in the Championship. Regan Slater and Tyler Smith are two other young Blades out on loan in League One.

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