Youngsters offered chance to shine

    A bottom-half clash

    A game pitting the Premier League’s 17th and 20th placed sides does not naturally come across as one to generate excitement. Newcastle United are safe from relegation, whilst Sheffield United have been officially relegated for over a month now, the joint-fastest relegation confirmation in Premier League history.

    However, the youth prospects on show for both Newcastle United and Sheffield United should generate significant interest around a game otherwise considered a dead rubber.

    Dream debut for Jebbison

    It was a perfect start for young striker Jebbison, who netted just seven minutes into his Sheffield United debut. Having been playing in the sixth-tier of English football with Chorley FC earlier in the season, the 17-year-old was preferred to big-money signing Rhian Brewster for the Blades’ clash with Everton, and repaid Sheffield United’s interim manager Paul Heckingbottom’s faith in him with what turned out to be the winning goal.

    After the event, Heckingbottom was full of praise, saying:

    “You can see the hard work and natural athleticism. He listens and learns. He performed his role excellently without the ball. He’s scored the goal. He’s certainly played his part with and without the ball.”

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    And Jebbison’s performance has been rewarded with another chance to impress at the highest level this evening.

    In the only change to the Sheffield United side from that victory, fellow youngster Jayden Bogle is restored to the side in the place of veteran full-back George Baldock. Bogle has made 15 appearances for United since his debut earlier in this campaign, and has chipped in with two goals from the right flank.

    There is a further prospect for excitement for Blades fans too, with Harry Boyes and Femi Seriki included amongst the substitutes, braced for their first taste of senior action.

    Another chance for Joe Willock to impress:

    Sheffield United’s youngsters only have to look across to their opposition to see the name they can make for themselves. Since moving to Newcastle United from Arsenal on loan in January, Willock has rejuvenated a stale Newcastle side, and it is no secret that manager Steve Bruce would love to make the deal permanent.

    Speaking to the media ahead of this fixture, Bruce said:

    “You can see him enjoying it and enjoying scoring. To take the ball off Joelinton for the penalty shows the state of mind – he wants to score. He’s given us another dimension from midfield. The distance him and Almirón cover from midfield is great to watch.”

    After netting against Champions Manchester City on his last outing, it is no surprise to see him included from the beginning again in an unchanged Magpies side. Both Newcastle and Arsenal fans alike will be hoping to see his good form continue.

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    # Team MP D P
    1 Manchester City FC 37 46 83
    2 Manchester United FC 37 28 71
    3 Chelsea FC 37 23 67
    4 Leicester City FC 37 20 66
    5 Liverpool FC 36 21 63
    6 Tottenham Hotspur FC 36 22 59
    7 West Ham United FC 36 10 59
    8 Leeds United 37 6 56
    9 Everton FC 36 3 56
    10 Arsenal FC 36 12 55
    11 Aston Villa FC 36 7 49
    12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 36 -14 45
    13 Crystal Palace FC 36 -21 44
    14 Southampton FC 37 -18 43
    15 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 37 -4 41
    16 Burnley FC 36 -18 39
    17 Newcastle United FC 36 -19 39
    18 Fulham FC 37 -24 28
    19 West Bromwich Albion 36 -37 26
    20 Sheffield United FC 36 -43 20
    Player Team Goals
    Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 22
    Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 22
    Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 17
    Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 17
    Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 16
    Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 16
    Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 13
    Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 13
    Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 13
    Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
    Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 12
    Ings, Danny Southampton FC 12
    Wood, Chris Burnley FC 12
    Iheanacho, Kelechi Leicester City FC 12
    Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 11
    Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 11
    Pereira, Matheus West Bromwich Albion 10
    Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 10
    Cavani, Edinson Manchester United FC 10
    Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 10

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