Not many 17-year-olds would even think of stepping on the field for their senior team let alone scoring for them. Sheffield United unleashed one of those rare gems in their recent Premier League game against Everton.
Daniel Jebbison had an outstanding start to his football career. Scoring a winning goal on debut helped him earn praise from the footballing world.
FootTheBall looks at 10 astonishing facts you didn’t know about the record-breaking teenager.
A HISTORICAL DEBUT GOAL
A 17-year-old Daniel Jebbinson made his Premier League debut on 16th May 2021 when the relegation fighting Blades faced Champions League qualification chasing Everton. A 17-year-old Daniel Jebbinson made his Premier League debut in that match and to mark this momentous occasion the Canadian-born youngster even scored a goal for Sheffield.
Making a debut in the Premier League is always a moment of honour and pride for any player but scoring the only goal in that match adds cherry to the cake.
Not to forget that the youngster scored in the 7th minute of the game. Another record added under his belt that too at such an age. The talismanic Blades’ Striker broke a 24-year-old Premier League record by scoring a goal at just an age of 17 years and 309 days. Ironically the record was held for almost 2 decades by Toffee’s striker Danny Cadamarteri.
FROM THE 6TH TIER TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE
The man who debuted in the topmost tier of English football in May was playing in the 6th tier of English football when the year started. The 17-year-old was a part of the playing-XI for 6th tier team Chorley. The youngster didn’t get to be on the pitch for too long as he got to play less than half a game for Chorley. He combined with the club on a loan spell last year in December.
But he wasn’t a part of that side of the pond for too long. Interim manager, Paul Heckingbottom had to call back his youngster because Sheffield United was still struggling in the Premier League.
But a man who was donning Chorley’s jersey in the month of January was smashing records and goals in the Premier League in May 2021.
The Canadian-born striker had a glorious opportunity to represent Chorley but was on the verge of missing this. He was about to debut against Chester in December. Jebbinson and Chorley were hosting Chester and he failed to get on the train to her destination. Last year he had to take a cab and pay a whopping amount before his match. The youngster’s absence could have hampered Chorley’s performance and result.
1 – Aged 17 years and 309 days, Sheffield United's Daniel Jebbison is the youngest player in Premier League history to score on his first start in the competition. Dream. pic.twitter.com/SE0meUgyS6
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 16, 2021
But Daniel Jebbinson made it to the game and didn’t think about the challenges he had to go through speaking volumes about his character.
The club’s manager, Jamie Vermiglio stated: “Jebbo was on loan with us but missed the train before his debut against Chester. It meant he had to get a taxi all the way across.
“Cost him an absolute bomb. About £180, all out of his pocket. But the main thing is he wasn’t late. To me, that showed what the lad is all about.
The manager was shocked to see a player with a premier league contract making so much effort to play a game in the 6th tier of English football.
CATCHING THE EYE
If a player scores a match-winner in the 7th minute of his Premier League debut he will surely attract attention from top clubs around the globe. England’s biggest clubs like the Red Devils and the Gunners are all interested in the Sheffield United youngster. With the Blades being relegated this season, Jebbison could surely make a big-money move.
A full debut he could only dream of. 👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/3erOScHqWE
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) May 17, 2021
Also, the youngster has shown promise in his first season and a move out of Europe is also possible. At such a young age, the consistency of Jebbison makes him a class apart. Not to forget is the fact that he received praises from a lot of football pundits after his debut goal and season at Sheffield. The Blades won’t leave him until and unless the buying club spends some bucks.
SORRY GOODISON IS FULL
The forward who is the target of many big clubs have been turned down by the club against whom he scored his first goal. Everton rejected the youngster after giving him a trial opportunity at Goodison Park.
Before making it big in the Premier League, Jebbison got an opportunity to represent Everton. The Toffee’s wanted Jebbison to join their group of youngsters and make a team full of great potential. But according to the coaches watching him, he wasn’t a perfect fit for Everton. Jebbison was then allowed to sign for Sheffield United.
Interestingly he scored his first goal against the Toffees. And Everton lost the game and some crucial points in the race to make it to Europe. Everton could have kept the striker and could have groomed him under his idol- Dominic Calvert Lewin.
DCL THE IDOL
Every Argentine must have been inspired to become like Lionel Messi when he plays for his country and every Portuguese might have wanted to be a part of the Portugal squad because of Cristiano Ronaldo. These players are the people we take inspiration from on and off the field. One such player that Daniel Jebbinson has idolized while growing up in England and Everton striker Domini Calvert Lewin.
🤐🦋 4 to go. pic.twitter.com/kfyJBvje4M
— Dominic Calvert-Lewin (@CalvertLewin14) May 9, 2021
The talismanic striker has been a dominant figure for Everton since he joined the club a few years back. Scoring goals for fun he’s always busy competing with the likes of Harry Kane and Mo Salah.
Jebbinson would surely be looking to replicate the Englishman’s career playing for Sheffield. And if he gets a call-up for England any time soon or gets an opportunity to play for Everton, he will learn from his idol.
CANADA TO UK- A JOURNEY
Jebbison was born and brought up in the state of Ontario in Canada. He learned how to pick up a football in Canada. After learning the parts and parcel of the game he decided to pursue his footballing career in a different country. Not to forget that Jebbison also has some Jamaican backgrounds. Following the footsteps of Canadian internationals like Alphonso Davies, he came to Europe to show his class.
Big weekend for Canadian teenager Jebbison. Does he have a #canMNT future? Canada hopes so, but it's hard to say. Jebbison spoke with Canada ahead of the January camp. Jebbison then accepted an England u18 call-up in March. Hearing he will speak to Canada again after the season. https://t.co/HZRSVYjQOK
— Gareth Wheeler (@GarethWheeler) May 17, 2021
As a youngster, he played for ANB Futbol Youth Academy before getting a contract at Derby County. Though he was released from the club he found home in Sheffield and has been a revelation this season.
SORRY CAN’T SLEEP
Scoring bangers in the Premier League at a meagre age of 17 is not a cup of tea for everyone. But for Sheffield United’s latest addition, Daniel Jebbison it was a cakewalk. But a fun fact about him is that the youngster couldn’t sleep before his debut against the mighty Everton. While Sheffield United were relegated from the Premier League after a disappointing season, Jebbison might come as a positive for them when they start their revival next season.
A Premier League debut for Jebbo. 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/ZkMLSIOxvk
— Sheffield United Development (@sufcdevelopment) May 8, 2021
After scoring his winner against Everton he clearly stated that he couldn’t get any sleep as he was about to be the center of attraction the next day. He also stated that his family was very proud of his performance and he would like to continue to play the way he did on Sunday.
AGE DOESN’T MATTER, IF YOU’RE GOOD
Sheffield United had hired Ash Foyle to find new players for their grassroots programs. One such player who caught Foyle’s eyes was a 15-year teenager, Daniel Jebbison. He was playing against players who were older than him and was outshining them on the pitch. Foyle noticed his pace and his athleticism while he had the ball. The youngster also tracked back to help his defence as and when required while acting as a poacher in front of the goal.
Finding the likes of Phil Foden and Mason Mount every year who can perform outstandingly well on the biggest stage in England is difficult. But the Blades believed that he could fill in the shoes of these majestic players and could be the next big thing in football.
A NAME THAT FOOTBALL WON’T FORGET
Like every other footballer, Jebbison also had a nickname from his early days. He goes by the name ‘Jebbo’. But an interesting fact about him is that he has already been a part of the England u-18 team. He made a debut with them in the last week of March.
Our Under-18s are back in action this month, as they take on Wales. Kevin Betsy has named a 24-man squad for the camp:
— England (@England) March 19, 2021
The team won the match 2-0 and Jebbo had a fantastic outing. Pundits believe this is just the start to an amazing career and he can actually make a name for himself soon. He might not find the spot in the England team as of now but sooner or later he’ll come into consideration.