Former Leeds United player John Sheridan has issued words of warning to youngster Jordan Stevens, whom he managed at Swindon this season.
Stevens, 20, recently returned from his spell at the Robins, where he scored once in 15 games, before dropping a division by joining Bradford City on loan.
And Sheridan thinks it is time he started to step up and prove he has what it takes to succeed at Leeds.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Sheridan said, “Jordan is a young kid who really needs to realise how lucky he is to be at a club like Leeds United.
“For Jordan’s sake – and this is me being honest to him – he needs to have a bit more fire in his belly and realise how fortunate he is to be a young footballer at a massive club, in my eyes.
“More than anything, he needs to enjoy being a player.
“If he does that, and comes into work on a daily basis with a smile on his face while saying to himself how lucky he is, I think it will help him wherever he goes next in his career.”
Make or break period
Although Stevens’ loan move at Swindon didn’t bring the best out of the winger, it is positive to see the club get him back out immediately.
Game time will be key to his development at this stage and playing for the Bantams could help him get back on track.
Fortunately, he will be able to stay close to home, and that foundation could provide the comfort he needs to excel.
We feel that Sheridan’s advice comes from a good place, though, and Stevens must take it on board if he wants to improve.
The youngster may feel pressure to succeed at Elland Road, but if he listens to his former manager’s advice and just focuses on playing week-in week-out, he may be able to prove himself.
If he can add more goals and assists he can put Swindon spell firmly behind him, too, and use the confidence that would come with it to aim him high.
By contrast, another underwhelming period could make those at the club consider selling Stevens, and we feel that would be a disappointing end for the once highly-rated prospect.
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