Anis Slimane has seamlessly integrated himself into life as a Sheffield United player, after being convinced by manager Paul Heckingbottom about the club’s exciting project.
The midfielder has spoken about how Sheffield United shares the same values that he does:
“Nothing is given and everything is worked for. That’s my values, so to come into a team that is working hard and is very strong together was important for me.” [Yorkshire Live]
The Tunisian international made his Blades debut during last week’s 0-0 draw with Estoril. Slimane played the second 45 minutes and he very nearly opened up his account; the midfielder was inches away from converting the rebound after Will Osula’s acrobatic effort smacked the underside of the bar. And in the dying embers of the game, Slimane hit the bar himself after unleashing a rocket from distance.
It has become a trend over the past couple of years for the Blades to sign promising players, either loans or permanently, and help them progress their careers. Morgan Gibbs-White, Tommy Doyle, James McAtee, Iliman Ndiaye and Anel Ahmedhodzic are prime examples – and Anis Slimane fits that same mould.
Slimane said: “I want to keep learning and keep developing because I am only 22. I have a lot to learn and Paul [Heckingbottom] wants to help me with that.”
Despite never having played in the top-flight league before, Slimane remains unfazed. He brings considerable experience from his time at Brondby, with over 100 games under his belt, including European competitions, the African Cup of Nations, and even the World Cup. His experience has equipped him with valuable skills that he believes will be beneficial in the Premier League.
Even though he is a younger member of the squad, Slimane appears to be a leader both on and off the pitch, Slimane is determined to fit seamlessly into the team and forge strong bonds with his fellow teammates.