IT wasn’t the impressive CV or goalscoring record which persuaded Danny Wilson to sign Paul Gallagher.
But rather, Sheffield United’s manager explained last night, the timbre of his voice.
Wilson, speaking on the eve of today’s League One visit by Bury, revealed the Leicester City midfielder has been an almost permanent fixture on Bramall Lane’s radar since the start of the new campaign.
But, as United prepare to unleash their latest acquisition upon Peter Shirtliff’s side, the former Northern Ireland international revealed Gallagher’s “hunger” for action convinced coaching staff that the time was right to make their move.
“Everything about Paul was right when I spoke to him,” Wilson told The Star. “His body language and tonality was music to my ears.
“He said exactly what I wanted to hear.
“We’ve had an idea about his availability for a little while and, from our perspective, it’s great that someone of his ability wants to come here. Having a professional of Paul’s calibre can only help the group.”
Wilson has made no secret of his desire to strengthen United’s options in wide areas of late and, having assessed potential targets including Everton’s Magaye Gueye and Ben Davies of Derby County, opted to capture Gallagher instead when winger Ryan Flynn was hit with a three-match ban.
With captain Michael Doyle also suspended for this afternoon’s contest, the 28-year-old could be joined in Wilson’s squad by fellow new arrival Dave Kitson, although striker Chris Porter (injury) is again likely to miss out.
Gallagher, who has made only one appearance for City this term, initially arrives on a month-long loan. However, with sources at the King Power Stadium claiming his long-term future lies away from Midlands, that could be extended should the move prove a success.
Wilson said: “Paul has got experience, talent, versatility and hunger. We want to use his frustration in a positive fashion. We’ll take another look at the situation and see what may or may not happen nearer the time.”
Bury travel to South Yorkshire without Phil Picken following confirmation the knee injury he sustained during last weekend’s defeat by Preston North End requires surgery.
However, Gallagher’s City teammate, Tom Hopper, should feature for Shirtliff’s side after agreeing a temporary transfer to Gigg Lane.
Bury are still searching for their first win of the competition but defender Joe Skarz scotched claims the departure of former manager Richie Barker has been a factor behind the Lancastrian’s poor start.
“We’ve not been good enough and I think we all know that,” Skarz said. “The fixtures haven’t been kind to us and we’ve had some really tough games, but we still know we need to do better.
“Peter Shirtliff and Ben Futcher really can’t do anymore. They’ve done exactly what Richie has done.
“It’s the players who have let them down. We’re looking to improve all aspects.”
Wilson indicated Kitson, who missed United’s 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe last weekend, could feature against Bury, but refused to elaborate on the precise nature of his role. “Dave is fit now,” Wilson said.