Arsenal loanee Ben Sheaf backed to get even better during second half of season at Doncaster Rovers

Ben Sheaf has been backed to kick on further in the second half of the season after extending his loan at Doncaster Rovers.

Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 10:41 am

The versatile Arsenal loanee has agreed to remain at Rovers for the second half of the campaign after a solid first few months at the Keepmoat in which he has started all except two league matches.

Rovers boss Darren Moore says he has been delighted with the improvement shown by the 21-year-old since his arrival at the club.

And he is confident Sheaf will continue to develop during the second half of his loan.

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"We're pleased to get that done," Moore said.

"Ben has been superb. We've all seen the qualities that he's brought to the team.

"And we've seen what an important figure he has been for the team this season thus far.

"He's got god height and size, he's got wonderful feet, his game understanding is immpecable in terms of knowing what is required of him and knowing his strengths.

"He's one that has grown immensely in terms of where he's at now.

"And I think he'll kick on again. There is more to come from him and there is another door of opportunity that he'll step through because of the volume of games he's had."

Moore has urged Sheaf to delivery consistency in his performances for the rest of his stay at the club.

"There's no doubting his ability," he said.

"I've known Ben over many years by going up against him with youth teams and U23s.

"In terms of where we're at, he's been very good and we're very pleased to extend it.

"He's another one that must keep his consistency going.

"The job is try to get him even better than where he's at."

Sheaf and Whiteman have received increasingly close attention from opposition teams as the season has worn on as rivals seek to stop them from sparking Rovers’ attacking play.

And Moore believes Sheaf’s ability to overcome the press highlights his intelligence as a player.

He said: “He’s adapted his game very, very well and it’s down to the intelligence of him, understanding and learning.

“You want to see players learn quickly and he’s certainly done that.”