Sheffield United: New Blades boy will be Feb-ulous

Febian Brandy has been tipped to shine at Bramall Lane by former Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday defender Graeme Lee
Febian Brandy has been tipped to shine at Bramall Lane by former Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday defender Graeme Lee

New Sheffield United signing Febian Brandy will put bums on seats at Bramall Lane next season.

That is the view of former Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday defender Graeme Lee, who briefly played with the winger at Notts County two years ago.

United signed four new players, including Brandy, on Tuesday. The 24-year-old, who began his career at Manchester United, has arrived from Walsall on a two-year deal. Brandy notched seven goals last season and operated in multiple attacking positions as the Saddlers narrowly missed out on a play-off spot.

Middlesbrough-born Lee, the scorer of the winning goal in Rovers Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final victory over Bristol Rovers in 2007, believes Brandy will give United an extra dimension in the final third.

The centre-back, who also represented Hartlepool United, Shrewsbury Town, Bradford City, Notts County and Darlington in his 17-year playing career, told The Star: “Febian is a very lively, exciting, attack-minded player.

“He is one of those lads who is always very positive on the ball and wants to make things happen.

“In the last couple of years, he has scored a few more goals too.

“He likes to get on the front foot and take defenders on. He pops up in little holes and spaces and you don’t know whether to get tight or stand off him.”

Lee watched Brandy on a couple of occasions last season as part of his scouting duties for Middlesbrough. The 35-year-old, now a full-time technical european scout and academy coach for the Championship club, added: “It was no surprise to me how well he played last season.

“In training, Febian was a nice, honest, happy go lucky type of lad. He works hard off the ball, got a good attitude and creates opportunities for his teammates by putting balls into the box.”