Sheffield United: Blades boss backs current crop

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (centre) has impressed Nigel Clough � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (centre) has impressed Nigel Clough � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has explained why he is in no hurry to re-enter the transfer market, writes James Shield.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s League One fixture against Bradford City, the former England international insisted it is important “not to forget” the quality which already exists within his squad rather than focus purely on borrowing talent from elsewhere.

Although Clough revealed United have left “a couple” of enquiries with Championship and top-flight clubs, he told The Star: “There’s no rush. If the people we are interested in become available then, yes, there’s a chance we might do something.

“But there are good players already here and we should not forget that. Many of those are showing signs of getting right back to their best as well.”

Clough was referring to the likes of Stefan Scougall and Jamal Campbell-Ryce who, after seeing injury interrupt their progress at the start of the campaign, were both involved during last weekend’s draw with Leyton Orient while Jose Baxter’s troublesome hamstring has also healed.

“It will still probably be a couple of weeks before Jose is right back to where he was,” Clough said. “That’s only to be expected but we also know he can make a big difference now.

“The same goes for others such as Stefan and Jamal too. They’ve shown that.

“On top of everything else, we’ve got players here who haven’t been able to get in the squad lately either. Players who have something to offer themselves.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1