Iliman Ndiaye pays tribute to Sheffield United coaching pair after stunning Fulham winner

Iliman Ndiaye has paid tribute to the influence of Paul Heckingbottom and Jack Lester on his game - after admitting he wants to score and create more goals for Sheffield United after his stunning winner at Fulham on Monday evening.

Tuesday, 21st December 2021, 5:00 pm

The Frenchman, making his first appearance for the Blades since his former U23 manager Heckingbottom took over permanently at Bramall Lane, scored a superb solo effort after running from his own half to seal all three points against the Championship leaders.

It was Heckingbottom who first blooded Ndiaye into the Blades first-team last season while they were still in the Premier League, while Lester – the former United striker now head of player development – has been working closely with the club’s strikers in recent weeks in training.

And Ndiaye said of Heckingbottom: “Big credit to him and Jack; they’ve helped me since they’ve joined Sheffield United.

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“Jack has done a lot of finishing drills, where to go and how to use my body, so he’s helped me a lot.

“It feels great. I’m happy. This is what I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I think it’ll get even better.

“I want to score more goals and get more assists. The last time I scored was against Peterborough [a brace in a 6-2 win back in September] so to get back on the scoresheet was brilliant.

Sheffield United's Iliman Ndiaye celebrates his goal at Fulham with manager Paul Heckingbottom: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

“We’ll continue to train hard and try and get the three points in the next game.”

Ndiaye revealed United had worked hard on studying Fulham’s strengths and weaknesses in training before travelling to the capital. “And we put it into practice,” the 21-year-old added.