Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, believes Che Adams and Kieran Wallace will grow in stature after helping their new club reach the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup, writes James Shield.
The youngsters both featured during Tuesday’s victory over Southampton only a month after arriving at Bramall Lane from non-league Ilkeston.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game against Walsall, Clough told The Star that their “Roy of the Rovers” stories had also revealed much about the character United’s latest acquisitions possess.
“Che and Kieran will learn so much from being involved against top-flight opposition,” he said. “What they’ve got to do now is use the knowledge and experience they’ve gained to good use going forward.
“It’s pretty remarkable, certainly for them as individuals, when you think where they were no so long ago. But the way they have handled themselves shows, not only have they been schooled and tutored properly at their former club, but also that they’ve got the mentality required to do well.
“They are by no means the finished article and they’ve still got lots to learn. But they’ve shown the senior professionals that they can be relied upon to do their jobs to the best of their ability.”
The visit of Dean Smith’s side marks United’s return to the rigours of League One competition as they attempt to end a run of four matches without a win.
Craig Alcock (back) could again be absent but Chris O’Grady and Paddy McCarthy are eligible for selection after missing the meeting with Southampton.
The duo, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion and Crystal Palace respectively, had appeared for their parent clubs in a previous round.
“When you look at how Che, Kieran and Reedy (Louis Reed) did the other night, we know that we’ve got good options to consider and use,” Clough said. “Hopefully we can take that feel-good-factor into our next game and really kick-on.”