AN eye for a pass and exquisite technique threaten to make him the scourge of opposition defences.
But it’s Ryan Flynn’s work ethic that is responsible for winning over the Bramall Lane fans, says Sheffield United manager Danny Wilso.
Flynn, who returns from suspension when Notts County visit South Yorkshire this weekend, made a slow start to his career in England after returning back across the border 14 months ago. However, with fellow midfielder Stephen Quinn joining Hull City before the transfer deadline, the Scottish winger has been presented with a golden opportunity to cement a place in Wilson’s first-choice 11.
“Supporters always like to see someone who is giving their all,” Wilson said. “And that’s what Ryan does every time he’s on the pitch.”
Professionally speaking, Flynn could not have chosen a worse time to get banned.
The red card the 24-year-old received at Scunthorpe came only seven days after he finished United’s victory over AFC Bournemouth boasting an assist and two well-taken goals.
However, despite Paul Gallagher’s arrival on loan from Leicester City, Flynn’s absence has also served to remind exactly what he brings to the team.
Wilson admitted following United’s recent stalemate with Doncaster Rovers their performance “lacked a bit of balance”.
There were no such problems when Neill Collins’ headed goal settled Saturday’s League One encounter with Yeovil Town.
But, together with captain Michael Doyle, Flynn’s availability furnishes Wilson with two more quality options as United look to build upon that success at Huish Park.
“The more of those you’ve got the better,” he said. “It’s not a problem.”
Flynn, a two time FA Youth Cup winner with Liverpool before joining Falkirk, made 35 appearances for United last season, although nearly half of those came from the bench.
Quinn’s departure, combined with the uncertainty surrounding Gallagher’s future, means a repeat of that sparkling display against Paul Groves’ side is likely to guarantee a more prominent role.