Sheffield United: Blades face tough call

Out of loan: Blades striker Chris Porter
Out of loan: Blades striker Chris Porter
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THE disruption caused to Sheffield United’s fixture programme will influence Danny Wilson’s manoeuvres in the transfer market, The Star can reveal.

With last night’s game against Crewe Alexandra postponed due to a frozen pitch, United must play five matches during the final 15 days of the League One season after their visit to Gresty Road was rearranged for April 23.

Wilson confirmed the potential effects of that schedule on Bramall Lane’s squad could shape negotiations with Shrewsbury Town should they look to extend Chris Porter’s loan at Greenhous Meadow.

But the United manager insisted: “We’ve not talked about that yet. We’ll wait and see what happens and then take things from there.

“It’s not a subject that’s been discussed yet. We’ll review it if and when it is and then do what is right.”

Although Wilson refuses to publicly discuss his recruitment policy, this newspaper understands United would consider bolstering their options during the emergency window should another player leave on loan.

However, despite reports to the contrary, sources close to the South Yorkshire club yesterday dismissed claims they have lodged an official approach for Leon Clarke.

Wilson has previously gone on record to acknowledge his admiration for the Coventry City striker who has been struggling with a niggling ankle problem of late.

“Having to change the date of games isn’t ideal,” Wilson said. “But it’s something that happens and so you deal with it and get on with it the best you can.”