Why the fitness of Sheffield United goal hero Daniel Jebbison doesn’t worry Paul Heckingbottom

FIT AND HUNGRY: Sheffield United's Daniel Jebbison. Picture: Andrew Yates / Sportimage

FIT AND HUNGRY: Sheffield United’s Daniel Jebbison. Picture: Andrew Yates / Sportimage

Jebbison performed the total 90 minutes of his first Premier League begin, scoring towards Everton the week after making it onto the pitch for the primary time in senior soccer, in its place at residence to Crystal Palace.

Heckingbottom should now determine whether or not to start out the 17-year-old at Newcastle United tomorrow – and once more at residence to Burnley within the last match of the season on Sunday. Fitness issues won’t come into it.

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“He’s been labored laborious,” mentioned Heckingbottom. “One factor that’s definitely occurred with the boys within the academy is that they’ve been uncovered to some actual robust coaching.

TOP MAN: Sheffield United’s Daniel Jebbison celebrates after scoring at Goodison Park. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA

“We’ll simply do it (determine if he ought to play) with the identical care and a spotlight we do with any participant. If we expect they’re flagging or inclined to damage we would have to contemplate one thing totally different however when it comes to him being bodily succesful to play, there’s no drawback.

“You’ve seen the dimensions of Jebbo, he’s 6ft 3in, 6ft 4in and athletically excellent however he’ll get even higher as a result of he’s received a variety of growth to go.

“We’ve received different younger gamers who aren’t there but bodily. We’ve received different younger gamers who’re bodily prepared however not fairly there emotionally but, perhaps it’s a bit an excessive amount of of a step up.

“Each one in all them’s totally different and so they’ll be at that stage at totally different moments however it doesn’t imply they will’t get there.”

There will, although, be no freebies, even with accidents consuming into the Blades squad.

“Jebbo’s deserved his time on the pitch,” the previous Barnsley and Leeds United supervisor pressured. “We’ve not scored objectives this season and it’s been laborious to return by for the forwards.

“He is aware of his position within the crew and he’s been scoring objectives He’s not received the identical baggage.

“He’s put in on benefit. It wasn’t me pondering, ‘Let’s not win this recreation, let’s put a younger lad in.’”

Meanwhile, striker Oli McBurnie has admitted defeat in his race to make Scotland’s European Championships squad. He fractured a metatarsal towards Arsenal in mid-April.

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