Sheffield United: Young guns ready to fire

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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has revealed his team’s congested fixture schedule could lead to greater opportunities for some of Bramall Lane’s exciting young players, writes James Shield.

United face a frantic end to the season after last weekend’s League One contest against Brentford became their latest match to fall victim to bad weather.

And Wilson, despite admitting that the hectic programme will test both the mental and physical strength of his squad, said: “We are ready to use it (the squad) fully. In situations like this you have to be and that’s why it is there.

“There are some very good players coming through here. And, as we’ve seen of late, they will be given a chance.”

United began their preparations for Friday’s visit to fellow promotion contenders Tranmere Rovers yesterday placed sixth in the table following the competition’s latest round of games. However, they enjoy matches in hand on all of those above them in the rankings.

Joe Ironside, United’s 19-year-old striker, became the latest graduate of Shirecliffe’s youth academy to sign a new contract earlier this month.

Chris Porter bolstered Wilson’s attacking options when he recently returned from a brief spell with Shrewsbury Town while Richard Cresswell’s loan at York City will be terminated if United face a selection crisis between now and the end of the season.

It is a measure of Wilson’s faith in Ironside that he allowed Cresswell, who scored during the League Two club’s defeat at Torquay last weekend, to complete a temporary transfer to Bootham Crescent. Callum McFadzean has also impressed United’s coaching staff of late and replaced the injured Jamie Murphy at Stevenage recently.

“We are sure Joe can develop into the player we think he can be,” Wilson said.

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