Sheffield United’s Under 21’s kicked off the new season with a scorching result, securing a commanding 6-0 victory against Ipswich Town. Louie Marsh, last season’s leading scorer, netted a hat-trick in the match.
Marsh has been one-to-watch for the last 12 months or so in the development team, and with good reason. According to SofaScore, the 19-year-old tallied 18 goals across all competitions in the previous campaign. Supporters are now wondering if he is the next big thing from United’s famed youth academy.
Technically, Louie Marsh is much more polished than the likes of Daniel Jebbison and Will Osula, but he does lack their physicality. He is arguably the best finisher at the club, he can score goals from any distance, any angle, using various techniques. Those techniques were on full display yesterday afternoon.
For Marsh’s first goal, he worked together with Andre Brooks to steal the ball high up the pitch, on the edge of Ipswich’s box, and the striker neatly passed the ball into the back of the net. His brace followed in the second half when he smartly timed his run to the back post and tapped in a low-driven Femi Seriki cross. But his third goal was something quite extraordinary. Marsh timed his run on the last shoulder of the defence, Billy Blacker played him in, and Marsh effortlessly chipped the goalkeeper from the edge of the box.
It was something of a statement performance, as if to say to Paul Heckingbottom “don’t forget about me”. Do you hope to see more of Louie Marsh in the Premier League over Daniel Jebbison for example?