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Paul Heckingbottom reveals a reason behind Sheffield United’s success this season



Sheffield United have had a good season this year and two players who have really started to show their quality in attacking positions are Morgan Gibbs-White and Iliman Ndiaye. 

Between them, the pair have scored 18 goals this season and also contributed 11 assists showing the contributions they have been able to have.

Blades boss Paul Heckingbottom says he’s encouraged the players to express themselves this season and their hard work on the training ground has translated onto the pitch.

However, the boss argues that executing these training pitch moves against Nottingham Forest on Saturday will require more than just the two players up front as he told The Star: “You need good players who can produce, of course you do.

“But it’s teams that win and that’s why I always emphasise that’s exactly what we are.

“Everyone loves to talk about the things that catch the eye, and I get that. Because that’s what sticks in your mind. But it’s the unsexy things they and other lads out there do that really make a big difference.

”It’s things like tracing players or, when you know you’re tired and might not even end up getting to ball, making that run which creates space because you take someone with you.

”We always want people to show what they can do, to use their talents. But that’s only possible if the things people don’t often mention or get noticed happen as well.”


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The Verdict:

Gibbs-White and Ndiaye have both had good seasons for the Blades this season and have stepped up at a time when United have struggled with injuries particularly with the loss of Billy Sharp.

A partnership between the pair has started to develop and they have clearly grown comfortable playing with one another which will only help the side as they approach the play-offs.

However, Heckingbottom was also right to point out how much of a team effort it is and the fact he emphasised that is a sign of how he has led this season.

Every player at the club feels valued and as though they have a part to play and the emphasis he puts on players having jobs up and down the pitch means they are constantly contributing.

Passionate football fan supporting Barnet FC and Newcastle United. Currently studying a masters at UCFB alongside writing for Football League World.

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