The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Pippa Field

NIGEL Clough be­lieves on­loan mid­fielder Ja­son Holt can be Sh­effield United’s very own Frank Lampard even if his fu­ture at Bra­mall Lane re­mains in the bal­ance.

The 22-year-old will have his short-term switch from Scot­tish Cham­pi­onship side Hearts made per­ma­nent at the end of sea­son if he im­presses the Sh­effield United hi­er­ar­chy.

Holt has made an im­pact this sea­son north of the bor­der, scor­ing in a 2-0 win over Rangers, though ahead of yes­ter­day’s trip to Craw­ley had failed to open his ac­count for the Blades.

Clough ad­mits the jury is still out on the for­mer Scot­land U21 in­ter­na­tional, but that cer­tain similarities Holt pos­sesses to Manch­ester City mid­fielder Lampard are work­ing firmly in his favour.

“There aren’t many play­ers in his po­si­tion who do what Ja­son does any more,” said Clough.

“He runs be­yond the mid­field, he breaks the lines and does it nat­u­rally which has be­come a bit of a dy­ing art.

“The best in the busi­ness at it is Frank Lampard.You can tell when it’s forced be­cause peo­ple pass, think, then go. Ja­son doesn’t, it just comes nat­u­rally to him.

“What we have seen, we’re very im­pressed with.”

PO­TEN­TIAL: Ja­son Holt

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