Sheffield United have confirmed that Iliman Ndiaye has put pen to paper on a new deal at Bramall Lane.
In a statement posted on the Sheffield United website, the Blades confirmed that the 21-year-old has agreed fresh terms with the Championship side, signing a new deal that will keep the attacking midfielder at the club until the summer of 2024.
Following the Frenchman’s signing, the Blades’ chief executive officer Stephen Bettis said: “The whole club sees Iliman as a very exciting prospect and we have worked hard to ensure he has committed his future to the club.
“We hope that now the deal is signed, he concentrates fully on working hard on his game to ensure he reaches the heights that all inside the club believe he is capable of.”
Considering how highly rated within the club Ndiaye quite clearly is, in addition to the fact that attacking midfield is an area of Slavisa Jokanovic’s side that does not boast a great amount of depth, the fact that the youngster has put pen to paper on a new deal with the Blades is sure to have left the 53-year-old manager buzzing.
Indeed, having made his first-team debut towards the back end of last season, as well as featuring in the club’s 2-1 Carabao Cup victory over Derby County last month, it would very much appear as if Ndiaye is pushing for a regular spot in the Sheffield United starting XI.
And, considering the youngster’s form for the Blades’ U23 side – finishing last season as the youth team’s top goalscorer and bagging two goals in his first appearance for the side this term – it would indeed appear as if the £180k-rated man is an incredibly exciting prospect.
As such, with Jokanovic’s side struggling for both goals and creativity in the Championship so far this season, having scored just once over their opening five fixtures of the campaign, perhaps it is time for the Serbian manager to unleash Ndiaye in a league fixture, as the midfielder’s energy and ability to find the back of the net could well be the spark that the Blades need to finally kickstart their season.