Sheffield United: Blades star told to grow up

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Attacking midfielder Jose Baxter has been ordered to grow up as Sheffield United bid to move away from the lower reaches of League One over the festive period.

The 21-year-old, who has bagged two goals in his last three starts since being switched to a more advanced role, is set to face Oldham Athletic, one of his former clubs, on Boxing Day.

Having struggled to adapt to life at Bramall Lane at the start of the season, Baxter has impressed United boss Nigel Clough in recent weeks.

However, the Liverpudlian has been booked four times during the 2013/14 campaign, meaning he is one caution away from having to serve an automatic one-match ban.

While Clough is delighted with the displays Baxter has recently produced, he expects him to improve his disciplinary record.

He said: “Jose is not a young lad in Everton’s reserves now. We want some more maturity from him in his performances.

“We are surprised that he has got four bookings under his belt because he should not have that for the sort of player he is. A couple of them have been petulant so we want those sort of things out of his game and then his ability will flourish.”

Clough has no new injury worries ahead of their tussle with Oldham, who sit in 18th position in the third-tier of English football, a point above United in the table. Florent Cuvelier (illness) has resumed full training.

United’s young starlets will play Millwall at the New Den, kick-off 7pm, in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup on Monday, January 22.