Daniel Jebbison of Sheffield United is thriving on loan at Burton Albion.
It had everything to do with the movement.
Daniel Jebbison’s dart between the two blue-shirted defenders was perfectly timed, and it cemented his place in history.
When he scored in Sheffield United’s match against Everton in May last year, he was just 17 years and 309 days old, making him the youngest player to score on their first Premier League start.
The Blades may have been on the verge of relegation, but it was a moment Jebbison will never forget, and it was a classic case of’remember the name’ for those who were unfamiliar with him.
While that game-winning goal may have given Sheffield United’s coaches pause, the plan had always been to send the teenager out on loan to gain valuable experience.
That’s how Jebbison ended up at Burton Albion in League One this season, after signing his first professional contract at Bramall Lane, and he’s doing well.
Jebbison’s game is improving nicely, thanks to Brewers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s striking expertise – he was a prolific goalscorer during his time with Chelsea, Leeds, Middlesbrough, and others.
When Hasselbaink handed Jebbison the Vertu Motors PFA League One Player of the Month award for November, he exuded pride.
What a turning point for Jebbo.
Daniel Jebbison is the first player in @premierleague history to score on his debut.pic.twitter.comQmnyu0g1Yc
He scored twice in a 4-0 thrashing of Accrington Stanley and another in a home win over Doncaster Rovers during that month.
Jebbison’s form has continued into December and beyond, and he now has eight for the season and is thriving.
In an interview with Sportsmail, Jebbison says of Hasselbaink, ‘He has helped me a lot.’
‘After training, we always do extras; he might pull me aside and do some finishing drills, and he tells me what he did to help him every day.’
‘I put that in my game all the time and it always works.’
He gives me advice even during games, and it always works.
‘He’s a fantastic manager, and I adore him; he’s been nothing but helpful.’
He prefers players who have a good mentality and have a lot of character.’
Sheffield United’s interim manager Paul Heckingbottom (now in charge permanently) promoted Jebbison from the academy ranks after relegation was already confirmed.
After making his debut against Crystal Palace, he went on to score at Goodison Park.
‘The sensation was fantastic; it was like “wow!” It was as if you’d accomplished something truly extraordinary, and you were trying to comprehend what you’d accomplished,’…
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