Sheffield United: Blades happy with line-up

Conor Coady - seen here playing for Liverpool against and Hull City - has completed the Blades' jigsaw.
Conor Coady - seen here playing for Liverpool against and Hull City - has completed the Blades' jigsaw.

Sheffield United manager David Weir described Conor Coady as “our final piece in our jigsaw” after admitting he is unlikely to re-enter the transfer market before next month’s League One opener against Notts County.

Weir, who confirmed the youngster’s loan from Liverpool is scheduled to be processed this morning, also told The Star that United have yet to receive a bid for any member of their first team squad.

Indicating he would prefer to keep the majority of the options at his disposal intact, the former Scotland international said: “That’s probably going to be it but you can never say never.

“With Conor coming in we’ve got plenty of good options out there now so we may well leave it at that.

“I’ve always maintained that I’d prefer a smaller group with quality and flexibility so we’ll see how things pan out.”

“We not had any (offers) yet and that’s fine by me but you can’t rule anything out in football,” Weir added.

“That’s something we’ve got no control over so I’m not going to worry about it.

“We’ll just have to wait and see if anything materialises.”

Coady, aged 20, watched from the bench as his new team mates beat Mansfield Town 1-0 on Saturday.

The youngster, who could feature for United when they visit Alfreton for an under-21 friendly tonight, has agreed to stay at Bramall Lane until January although that arrangement could be extended if the move proves a success.

“Conor is a good all-round player and technically very strong,” Weir said. “He‘s comfortable in a variety of different positions.

“We’ve got to thank Brendan (Rodgers) and a few others at Liverpool for making it possible for us to have him.”

Goalkeeper Mark Howard, an unused substitute at Field Mill, could also face Alfreton this evening but Weir insisted there was nothing sinister in defender Danny Higginbotham’s omission from the team which travelled to Nottinghamshire.

“I wanted to bring a smaller squad here for various different reasons, including to give others a run,” he added. “Danny has been involved a lot and so I didn’t think it would be the best use of his time just to come here for the sake of it.”