Former Everton wonderkid tipped as 'next Rooney' makes it 10 wins in a row

Bramall Lane Sheffield United

Former Derby County manager Nigel Clough's Sheffield United juggernaut is beginning to look almost unstoppable as former Everton starlet Jose Baxter makes it 10 wins in a row.

Last night Sheffield United extended their recently broken club record after narrowly beating Carlisle United 1-0 at Bramall Lane.

Former Everton trainee Jose Baxter has been a key part of the side which has propelled Sheffield United up the league and into the FA Cup final four. He has produced a number of fine displays in the past couple of months, which has shown why he was rated so highly at youth level for so many years.

Until recently, it was expected that Jose Baxter would be a name to remember in the future, however, it was for all the wrong reasons.

As a promising Everton youth player coming through at the time he did, the comparisons to Manchester United star Wayne Rooney seemed inevitable. And before he even turned 16, he was already being tipped as the 'next Wayne Rooney'

Dropping down to League One didn't do his footballing reputation too much good, especially as Everton was still reportedly interested in keeping him on. However, when he failed to become a prolific goalscorer at that level, it seemed to be bullet dodged from an Everton point-of-view.

Nevertheless, the young attacker persevered and now it looks as if him becoming a Premier League player in the future could well be within his grasp.

Although it was Jose Baxter who was the man of the hour after scoring the only goal of the game. It was the defence that really deserve the plaudits after stretching their run of clean sheets to an impressive seven games.

Nigel Clough has reinvigorated a Sheffield United side that looked destined to be part of a relegation battle, after he took over the side when they were a firm fixture in the division's bottom four.

28 games later and United fans can barely believe what the former Rams manager has done for the club. He has taken the Blades to within sniffing distance of the League One play-offs as well as having an FA Cup semi-final match to look forward to in the near future.

By all accounts, the move for Nigel Clough seems to have worked out best for all parties involved. Both Derby County and Sheffield United have benefited positively since their manager changes earlier in the season, whilst Derby have moved from lower mid-table to within the top three, it's Nigel Clough's Sheffield United who could make the bigger headlines.

If the Blades can continue their fine run from now until the end of the season, there is the possibility of a FA Cup final and perhaps even promotion back to the Championship, which considering where they were in October would be staggering.

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