Slavisa Jokanovic’s intentions around Daniel Jebbison were clear after his side’s 2-1 win over Derby County in the League Cup second round, he told the Yorkshire Post.
The 18-year-old forward made his first start of the season on Tuesday evening, impressing his manager despite being hooked at half time and replaced by John Fleck.
Billy Sharp grabbed a 76th minute winner in the tie, giving the Blades some relief and their second win of the season, ahead of their trip to Luton Town on Saturday.
Afterwards, Jokanovic said: “I repeat, he (Daniel Jebbison) can have a really good future for Sheffield United.
“I want four or five players, that’s it. We urgently need new faces and fresh blood and a little bit more confidence to be competitive.”
It is clearly going to be a busy final seven days of the transfer window at Bramall Lane, however Jebbison’s future is still up in the air, with Premier League clubs including Everton and Leeds United eyeing the player.
At 18, it is obvious that Jebbison still has a lot to give, and could be worth a lot more to the club in future transfer windows. With the club’s current predicament enduring a poor start back in the second tier, Jebbison could be an important fresh face as they look to climb the table.
Jokanovic’s words after the game are positive, it would be a shame to sell Jebbison now, and then potentially go on to see him develop into a player that could have provided far more lucrative funds to the club in terms of a transfer fee.
The Serbian manager likes experience in his teams and is clinging to the likes of David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp a touch in hoping they can lead United back to the promise land, but he needs alternatives and to look to the future and Jebbison’s sale would show a lack of faith in the youth setup.
Chances are his value does not change between now and the end of the season, so why not see what he can do in the first team before making a decision.