DOMINIC Poleon is making progress in his bid to command a regular place in Sheffield United’s starting eleven, manager Danny Wilson has confirmed.
But Wilson, whose side return to League One action at Tranmere Rovers in three days time, challenged the striker to improve his match craft during the closing stages of a three month loan from Yorkshire rivals Leeds.
Insisting Poleon, aged 19, possesses the raw materials to terrorise defenders, Wilson said: “Dominic has got electric pace and that’s always going to worry people. He’s also nice and direct and his confidence is good.
“Dominic is dynamic. Because of his speed and power, when he gets on a run I don’t think there are many people who are going to be able to stop him.
“He’s still a young lad and so, it goes without saying, that there are areas where he needs to improve. That’s not a criticism because the same can be said of someone at the other end (of their career).
“You never ever stop (learning). There are always things you can do better.”
“One of those with Dominic is his awareness and positional play,” Wilson added. “But those are the things all lads of his age need to work on.
“It’s nothing particular to Dominic. He’ll get better at accepting a pass and things like that the more he works on them in training and the more football he plays.”
Poleon, who started his career with Chelsea before arriving at Elland Road via Johnstone’s Paint Trophy finalists Southend, has made five appearances since being dispatched to Bramall Lane by Wilson’s predecessor Neil Warnock.
With United contemplating a tactical switch ahead of their crucial encounter with Rovers, the youngster could enjoy a prominent role during a match which pits fifth versus sixth in the table.
Wilson’s charges, who slipped behind their next opponents in the rankings when last weekend’s fixture against Brentford was postponed, will travel west having lost only once in eight outings.
Nevertheless, the former Northern Ireland international has made no attempt to disguise the fact that he wants to coax more goals out of an attack which averages 1.25 per game during that impressive sequence of results.
With Warnock’s future at Leeds shrouded in doubt, Poleon has a vested interest to grasp the gauntlet thrown down by Wilson.
Although Warnock and his staff are known to rate him highly, the Londoner could fall down the pecking order at his parent club should a fresh influx of talent be drafted in over the summer months.
Wilson said: “Leeds are keeping an eye on how Dominic is doing. We’re trying to help Dominic as much as we can and being in that first team environment every day will bring him on and improve him.
“But Dominic is also helping us too. He’s helping us in trying to get across that line.
“He’s got those raw ingredients that everyone is looking for. Pace and power.
“Now it’s about managing his own game and although he’s not really accomplished that yet, there are senior players who are still trying it!”