Blades Fans Column: Diego De Girolamo can be the man to get the goals for Sheffield United

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Marc McNulty’s appointment with an Edinburgh fist, followed by one with a hospital consultant, has left Nigel Clough in a bit of a pickle on the striker front.

We were just saying on the way there too that footballers seem to be generally more sensible nowadays, and didn’t expose themselves to such risks as much as they used to.

I guess McNulty was free to return to Scotland after the Barnsley match, and nothing has been made public about what went on, but there is always someone who wants to have a verbal or physical pop at someone of higher profile (even if in McNulty’s case it’s all relative).

So we saw United play at Crewe without a striker for the full 90 minutes.

A few occupied the central role, but United looked far more dangerous when Jamie Murphy, who started there, moved to the wing. That left that renowned goalscorer Jamal Campbell-Ryce at the point of the attack.

Young Diego De Girolamo can’t be counted as a striker yet, as in his short time he has played on the left wing and behind the front man. He may find that up front is the best position for him, and his three goals in four games at York must have helped.

Did anyone see his first goal for them? He had his back to goal, eight yards out, bounced the ball once on his thigh and once on his left foot, and before it hit the ground swivelled and knocked it in with his right.

The boy certainly has talent - perhaps more than any Blades youngster in recent years - and it was unfortunate that he missed so long through injury when he should have been making steady progress.

He has a big chance to take a great leap forward now.