NEILL Collins predicted Callum McFadzean and Joe Ironside can become Sheffield United heroes after revealing they have injected fresh impetus into the club’s promotion campaign, writes James Shield.
Collins, United’s experienced centre-half, delivered his verdict on the teenage duo ahead of this evening’s crucial League One encounter with Crawley Town.
“I genuinely think those two are going to have a big part to play,” Collins told The Star. “And that’s not me putting pressure on them.
“If I was in their shoes I’d be sat on the bench thinking ‘get me on, let me try and become a hero.’ And that’s exactly the attitude they’ve got.
“I’d happily let one of them score the goal that gets us up because they deserve that limelight.”
The emergence of McFadzean and Ironside has provided a fascinating sub-plot to the story of a compelling League One campaign.
United, fifth in the table following last weekend’s draw with Walsall, will move to within three points of second placed Bournemouth if they beat Town. They enter tonight’s contest boasting three games in hand on Eddie Howe’s side.
Collins said: “First and foremost, those two lads have got the right attitude to learning.
“They’ve come in at the toughest time but they’re ready for it. They’ve earned the dressing room’s respect.
“Joe is very effective. He’s strong and I know he can be a nuisance because I mark him in training.
“He does things that a 19-year-old shouldn’t be capable of doing. And when Callum came on (against Walsall) he gave us the same attributes too.”