SHEFFIELD UNITED: A stunning strike but it’s not the cream for Cofie

Precocious talent: John Cofie
Precocious talent: John Cofie
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THE finest goal he has ever scored?

Don’t you believe it.

John Cofie’s idol, Didier Drogba, would have been proud to claim the finish Sheffield United’s preciously talented forward dispatched into the top corner of Rotherham’s net during Tuesday’s friendly at New York Stadium.

But, speaking ahead of tonight’s visit to Hallam FC, the teenager revealed even the curling shot which sailed effortlessly beyond Scott Shear

er would be eclipsed by one he claimed against Tottenham Hotspur a couple of seasons ago.

“I’ve been asked if that was my best,” Cofie told The Star. “But, honestly, it wasn’t.

“There was a strike I got against Spurs in an under-18 tie a bit back that personally I think was bet

ter. I’m not going to deny the one against Rotherham was good, though, and I was really pleased to score it.

“I’ll keep on working and hopefully I can get a few more when the actual season starts.

“If I keep on running the channels and getting in the right positions then I’d like to think it will pay off.”

Cofie’s match-winning performance against Steve Evans’ side, coupled with his belief in the value of hard graft, underlines exactly why Danny Wilson was so keen to sign him on loan from Manchester United.

Cofie is just 19 and Wilson is quick to remind people that the former Burnley protégé still has plenty of rough edges.

But, confident in possession, bristling with pace and adept at running off the shoulder of defenders, Cofie laughs through interviews and plays football with a smile on his face.

“I’ve got a couple in pre-season now and it’s really important, for someone in my position, to go into the competitive games with some momentum,” he said. “Because it’s good for confidence. Everyone wants to have that.

“These matches are also important because, being a new kid in the team, they help me get to know all the rest of the lads and also them to know me.

“It’s only by playing out there that we get to know the type of pass we all like, the different positions we like to take up and also the runs we are going to make at certain times.

“I’m trying to make a mental note of everything because I want to do something for the team and contribute as much as I possibly can.”