Who is Daniel Jebbison, the young Sheffield United striker who made his Blades debut against Crystal Palace?

Daniel Jebbison was one of the few positives from Sheffield United’s defeat to Crystal Palace this afternoon as he made his debut for the Blades in a 2-0 defeat.

Saturday, 8th May 2021, 5:16 pm
Daniel Jebbison on his Sheffield United debut against Crystal Palace at Bramall Lane: Simon Bellis/ Sportimage

Jebbison, a Canadian-born England youth international, came off the bench to replace Oli Burke with around 25 minutes of normal time remaining.

The youngster could have marked his debut with a goal, as he headed Ben Osborn’s cross over the bar, while Cheikhou Kouyaté got across to block Ollie Norwood’s cross and deny the youngster a tap-in.

But his performance was a rare positive for United on another disappointing afternoon, when fellow strikers Lys Mousset, Oli McBurnie and Billy Sharp were all absent from the matchday squad.

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Born in Oakville, Canada, Jebbison moved to England five years ago with his family after his mother moved back to her native England for work.

He came through the UK Football Trials programme before being spotted by United and signing in July 2019.

He was called up to the England U18 squad in March and has scored seven goals in 15 league appearances for United’s U23 side, with two in five for the U18s.

He also has four goals in his four appearances in the FA Youth Cup this season.

Jebbison replaces Oli Burke off the bench: Simon Bellis/ Sportimage

Fellow young striker Antwoine Hackford was also called up by England earlier this season, while a number of young Blades also achieved international recognition in a campaign when the Blades’ U23s won their league title.

"This international recognition is testament to the fantastic work going on right through the Academy, from a passionate and talented group of staff,” said academy chief Jack Lester.

"It is an exciting time for the club as there is some brilliant talent progressing through various age groups."