Sheffield United: Bank on Kitson to boost Blades

Dave Kitson
Dave Kitson

EXPERIENCED striker Dave Kitson can solve promotion-chasing Sheffield United’s goal shortage, Neill Collins has claimed.

Danny Wilson’s men have failed to score in three out of their last four outings. Their last strike came through Kitson at Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park at the start of the month. It was the former Reading forward’s 10th goal in United colours and his fourth in his last nine appearances.

Collins has dimissed claims United lack the firepower to secure automatic promotion, insisting he is unconcerned by their current travails in front of goal.

“It [goals] is not a major worry,” he stressed. “We have people such as Dave [Kitson] who can score goals and he has proven that throughout his career. He has done exceptionally well here. When he has not been in the team, we have missed him.”

“Dave is great to have in the dressing room,” said first-team regular Collins. “I played against him when I was in my early 20s at Sunderland and he was at Reading and he was one of the toughest guys to play against. I’m glad he is on my team now!

“He is a good footballer, got a great touch and is a goal-scorer. All managers want them but they cost money and are the hardest thing to get.”

Although United, who welcome Brentford to Bramall Lane on Saturday, a clash which will be screened live on Sky Sports 2, kick-off 12.45pm, are struggling to break teams down, Wilson allowed veteran striker Richard Cresswell to rejoin old club York City on a month’s loan on Tuesday.