Paul Heckingbottom expresses confidence in Gustavo Hamer, as he stated in a recent interview that the midfielder will improve as he settles into Sheffield United.
During his debut against Nottingham Forest, Hamer made an immediate impact by scoring United’s equaliser in an eventual 2-1 loss. Amidst the disappointment of the defeat, Hamer’s performance was a notable positive for United.
Despite the last minute defeat, the team found promise in Hamer’s creativity on the ball and his tenacity off and work rate off the ball. Heckingbottom eagerly anticipates the 26-year-old midfielder’s growth as he becomes more accustomed to life as a Blade.
Paul Heckingbottom remarked in an interview with SUTV: “I was less worried about him because he has featured and had football with Coventry. We know he has moments like that and it’s a great way to endear yourself to the fans, but he’s a player who will still get better.
“When he understands us and how we play. I love how he plays and the energy he brings and risks the ball and takes chances. As he gets fitter and stronger, and understands us and me a little bit more, you’ll see a lot more to him without the ball as well.”
The Brazilian-born midfielder scored nine goals and made 10 assists [Sofascore] for his teammates in last season’s Championship campaign. Hamer was used as part of a double pivot in the Coventry City set up, occasionally playing as a number 10.
In the game against Forest, Gustavo Hamer looked to be playing as a number 10 at times, as part of a midfield trio of Vinícius Souza and Oli Norwood. But with more attacking bodies expected soon, with Cameron Archer soon to be announced and Facundo Pellistri has been heavily linked, Hamer could be moved back into his more natural position.