Newcastle United v Sheffield United: Club record signing Rhian Brewster v Daniel Jebbison, 17, for Blades start Yorkshire News

Probably while Heckingbottom has been in temporary charge, succeeding Chris Wilder in March, Bramall Lane’s focus has been on preparing for the Championship next season. That process continues at Newcastle United tonight in the penultimate game of a miserable campaign.

With no realistic chances of investing in the former Liverpool striker this summer, the Blades probably have no choice but to get behind Brewster, who has yet to score this season, and hope he can rediscover the way that saw him score 10 Championship goals in loan quality. at Swansea City in the second half of last season.

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On Sunday, Heckingbottom preferred to give the teenager Jebbison an all-time debut at Everton, with Brewster as an unused substitute.

Right attitude: Rhian Brewster wished the Blades the best despite being fired. Image: David Klein / Sportimage

Jebbison marked the occasion with a goal, but Heckingbottom is not concerned about his getting carried away, and just as he cannot think he has succeeded, the club cannot lose sight of the continuity of his development.

“Rhian is glad we won,” Heckingbottom said. “Nobody celebrated as much or wished everyone the best before the game like Rhian, so in that sense it’s great, fantastic.

“But obviously he wants to play and for him to get his first goal. We would all love it.

“If you get a chance, why not let him get excited and inspire him to get first because everyone will celebrate like he did?”

Lucas Digne of Everton challenges Daniel Jebbison of Sheffield United (Image: Andrew Yates / Sportimage)

Heckingbottom, who was the club’s Under-23 manager before assuming his first-team role, believes Jebbison is in the right environment to stand his ground.

“I’ve already spoken briefly with him about social media,” he said.

“He has a good agent who takes care of him, a good family around him, a good staff at the academy, so there is no possibility in this club that someone will allow him to lift his feet off the ground. You will be well and truly grounded here.

“But now you can see how many articles were written about him at the end of Sunday, so that’s the change. You just have to remember that you are the same person and what brought you here means that you have to keep working hard.

Daniel Jebbison of Sheffield United celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Sheffield United at Goodison Park. (Image: Alex Pantling / Getty Images)

“It will be the support around him that will keep him progressing in the right way.

“It will not be easy, there will be potholes in the road and we have to prepare him for that. They understand it.

“I hope he is in a position where he can prove me wrong and that his performances will keep him close to the team in the future, but there will be no pressure on him at 17 years old. We want him to enjoy this moment, but to keep working hard because he has not yet approached the final player.

Heckingbottom cautioned that the club’s coaches will still need to invest a lot of time to get Jebbison to that point, even if being on the Championship treadmill next season makes it more difficult.

“One thing we have to do with him as a club is keep working with him, keep training him, keep making sure he gets the development he needs on the training ground,” he emphasized.

“In the Championship, if you start playing on Saturdays, Tuesdays practically every week, a lot of time is spent recovering and not training. Every young player still needs that development. That should be taken into account rather than once they are in the first team they are (only) a first team player.

“With technology, there is a lot more training in classrooms and with video analytics.

“Even if someone starts regularly and recovers in between, they may still be doing a lot of tactical work indoors with videos really specific to their position, but I’m a big believer that you still have to experience it and you have to paint pictures and have them. make decisions on the training ground.

“You need to have a really clear way of playing, so whatever you’re up against, the player knows his role in the team and he’s always practicing it against different opponents, games and systems.”

The game will be the Blades’ first in front of fans from March 7, 2020, and while only local fans will be allowed in, Heckingbottom believes the atmosphere will help their players as well.

“I think everyone will be delighted that they are back, so whatever results you get in the next two games, I don’t think you can read anything,” he said.

“Everyone is as excited as everyone else and that is going to give both sets of players a boost.”

Last six games: Newcastle United LWLDWW; Sheffield United WLLWLL.

Referee: R Jones (Merseyside).

Last time: Newcastle United 3 Sheffield United 0, June 21, 2020, Premier League.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-18 21:47:18