Everton will continue to monitor Daniel Jebbison while on loan at Burton Albion this season after failing to sign the Sheffield United striker during the summer, according to The Star.
The Blades rejected an offer worth around £5m, plus bonuses, from the Toffees for their academy graduate over the weekend. Everton would have needed to double the fee they put on the table to prise Jebbison away from Sheffield United.
In the end, the Goodison Park outfit chose against increasing their bid, and Jebbison joined Burton on Deadline Day. He will spend the season with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s seventh-placed League One outfit. The Brewers are level on points with second after five games.
Everton boss Rafa Benitez admires the potential Jebbison showed for Sheffield United in their final Premier League fixtures last term. The Canadian left a lasting impression when he scored at Goodison in May, in what was his second top-flight appearance.
The Toffees will now keep tabs on Jebbison’s progress at Pirelli Stadium, and could revive their pursuit next summer. He could make his Burton debut on Monday away to Bolton Wanderers, when the Brewers visit the newly-promoted third-tier side.
Everton know their chances of signing Jebbison will be greater next year if Sheffield United cannot secure their top-flight return. The Blades are yet to take a win since dropping out of the Premier League, with two draws and three defeats to start Slavisa Jokanovic’s tenure.
Jebbison did not feature in any of Jokanovic’s five Championship matchday squads. But did play against Carlisle United and started against Derby in the EFL Cup, before joining Burton.
Should Everton revive their interest in Sheffield United striker Jebbison?
Jebbison would have caught Everton’s attention when the Sheffield United prospect scored on his first Premier League start at Goodison. He remained in Paul Heckingbottom’s XI at Newcastle and against Burnley, too, but failed to net again.
Jebbison will hope to rediscover his shooting boots at Burton, which would likely pique the Toffees’ intrigue again. Especially as the 18-year-old will only have 24-months left on his contract come the end of the season.
Hasselbaink will likely give Jebbison plenty of chances to show his potential with the Brewers. The former Chelsea striker has already praised his Deadline Day recruit, noting via The Star: “Daniel is a big, big talent, who we are delighted to have. We’re expecting good things and a lot of hard work from him.”