DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has challenged Chris Porter to cement a place in his starting 11 ahead of the club’s assault on the FA Cup.
Eyebrows were raised in some quarters earlier this term when Wilson, whose side continued their unbeaten start to the League One season by beating Portsmouth on Monday, chose to overload his squad with attacking talent despite concerns about a lack of depth elsewhere.
But with fellow striker Dave Kitson expected to miss at least the next two games with a hamstring injury, Wilson told The Star: “You never know what’s around the corner.
“That’s why you need the quality of Shaun Miller, Cressy and Ports.
“Maybe the opportunity for Chris has come a bit quicker than expected but it’s there to be taken now.
“I thought he ran himself into the ground against Pompey.”
Wilson, speaking ahead of this weekend’s first -round tie at Bristol Rovers, added: “Ports has had to wait probably a bit longer than he’d have wanted but we don’t have sulkers here.
“Everyone has got respect for others in the team. Including those who start.
“Chris isn’t a sulker. He comes in to work, gets his head down and trains hard. I’m delighted for him that he did well.”
Porter capped an impressive performance against the visitors from Fratton Park by winning the penalty which allowed Nick Blackman to propel United to second in the table.
The former Blackburn Rovers marksman has been a revelation since arriving at Bramall Lane during the close season, scoring eight goals in only 16 appearances.
“There’s loads more to come from Nick,” Wilson said. “Nick is still a very young lad in terms of his experience in England.
“We’re not seeing the finished article by any means.”