Paul Heckingbottom demands more from Bénie Traoré

Bénie Traoré demonstrated his readiness to step up for the Fulham match by scoring two goals for the u21’s in midweek. The 20-year-old striker enjoyed a full 90 minutes on the pitch during the 3-0 home victory against Hull City. Despite having what he thought was a hat-trick goal disallowed for offside, Traoré showcased his goal-scoring prowess.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – AUGUST 05: Bénie Traoré of Sheffield United in action during the pre-season friendly match between Sheffield United and VfB Stuttgart at Bramall Lane on August 05, 2023 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Graham Chadwick/Getty Images)

This playing time was crucial for the young talent, especially considering his limited recent appearances. He spent recent weeks as an unused substitute against Tottenham and West Ham.

Although Traoré started the season as a regular starter, the return to fitness of Oli McBurnie and the arrival of Cameron Archer pushed him to the bench. Additionally, Rhian Brewster’s return from a hamstring injury further extends the competition, meaning the Ivorian might have to patiently wait for his next starting opportunity.

Paul Heckingbottom spoke about the young striker during a recent press conference:

“We have had conversations with him about his standards and where he needs to be better. I want it to be really clear.

“Like most players, it’s not plain sailing, especially when you are young, for lots of different reasons you have fluctuations in form, things happening in your life. We want more from him, of course we do, but we know we are going to have to support him through that.” [SUTV]

Acquired from Swedish side Hacken during the summer, Bénie Traoré contributes to Sheffield United’s broader strategy of recruiting young players with promising potential. Understandably, he has areas to refine and develop given his age and experience.



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