Sheffield United centre-forward Daniel Jebbison looks set to secure a move away from Bramall Lane this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Sheffield Star, who claimed that, after assessing his attacking options at Sheffield United, Slavisa Jokanovic is of the view that sending the 18-year-old out on loan next season would further his development more than keeping him within the Blades’ first team squad.
The report added that Sunderland is the preferred destination for the centre-forward, as the Serbian manager feels that the weight of playing for a club with the stature of the Black Cats would help the striker’s mental development, although the Blades are open to proposals from other sides who may be keen to take the youngster on a season-long loan.
While it is true that playing regular first team football will undoubtedly benefit Jebbison more than simply sitting on the bench next season, the argument could easily be made that the 18-year-old is more than deserving of being afforded a chance to lead the Sheffield United line before a decision is made on whether or not he should be sent out on loan.
Indeed, despite his tender age, the £900k-rated man impressed over his four Premier League appearances last term, scoring one goal – the winner on his Premier League debut against Everton – along with averaging one shot and 0.3 key passes per game.
These performances led to the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United and Chelsea taking note of the striker, while Micah Richards dubbed the youngster as Sheffield United’s “shining light“, also stating his belief that the player is a “fantastic” talent.
As such, with none of the other Sheffield United forwards doing anything last season to seal their place as the Blades’ first-choice option at centre-forward for the upcoming Championship campaign, and with the transfer market remaining open until the end of August, Jebbison may well feel aggrieved he has not been given an opportunity to display his talents for his club in the second tier before they send him out on loan.
Indeed, should the Blades struggle for goals next term while Jebbison is possibly banging them in out on loan, Jokanovic’s decision could well prove to be something of a grave mistake by the Serbian coach if he follows through on his intentions to loan out the teenager.