'One for the future' - Aaron Ramsdale says Daniel Jebbison can be proud of his Sheffield United debut against Crystal Palace
Aaron Ramsdale says Daniel Jebbison can be proud of his Sheffield United debut after the teenage striker made his Premier League bow in defeat to Crystal Palace at the weekend.
On another desperately disappointing afternoon for the relegated Blades at the hands of Roy Hodgson’s side, Jebbison’s debut was one of few positives as he was introduced from the bench.
The England U18 striker has been told to expect more game time between now and the end of the season by United’s temporary boss Paul Heckingbottom after catching the eye with seven goals in 15 appearances for United’s title-winning U23 side this season.
And Ramsdale said: “Jebbo did really well when he came on. He can be proud of himself for his debut.
“He ran the channels well and he's put himself about. He's been scoring goals in the youth team, but he needs to carry on doing that because ultimately his job is to try and get in behind and ruffle the feathers of the centre halves.
“If he stops doing that and tries to get a little bit comfortable then he's not going to play. He's got a good head on his shoulders, for a young lad.
"He's hungry and a decent finisher, so I think he's one for the future for this team."
Jebbison’s opportunity came with strikers Billy Sharp and Oli McBurnie out injured, and with Lys Mousset missing from the matchday squad that faced Palace.
With United trailing 1-0, Jebbison was introduced from the bench ahead of Rhian Brewster, United’s record signing. Ebere Eze, who had earlier set up Christian Benteke’s opener with a mazy run, then capped victory late on after running half the length of the field and finishing past Ramsdale, via the aid of a deflection off John Fleck.
“The biggest thing is that you notice him when he’s on the pitch. His size, his athleticism and his work ethic makes you do that,” Heckingbottom said of Jebbison.
“He’s got a work ethic to stretch the game and try and get behind and when the ball is coming into the box, he’s got a real desire to try and get on the end of it. It’s no secret that we’ve struggled to score goals this season.”