James McAtee on form for the Young Lions

James McAtee’s impressive double propelled England U21’s to a comfortable 3-0 victory against Serbia. The Manchester City midfielder, currently on loan at Sheffield United, secured his first goals for the Young Lions.

Harvey Elliott of Liverpool sealed a third goal early in the second half as England calmly navigated their Euro 2025 qualifier on Saturday, putting aside the rare defeat to Ukraine from last month.

Sheffield United are optimistic that McAtee can maintain this momentum upon his return to South Yorkshire.

In his last couple of games for the Blades McAtee’s performances have been largely impactful, helping Paul Heckingbottom’s team earn four points.

Last season the 21-year-old scored nine goals and assisted three times in his first Championship campaign. He already has an assist to his name in the Premier League in nine appearances [SofaScore]. But there are signs that McAtee and the team as a whole are improving.

After the international break the Blades host Bournemouth before travelling to Burnley in what will be back-to-back crucial games in the fight for Premier League survival.

With Sheffield United sat in 18th and only a point from safety, a win against Bournemouth could see Sheffield United jump out of the relegation zone which seemed unthinkable only a couple of weeks ago.

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