Sheffield United: Blade’s secret agent

Chris Porter
Chris Porter

CHRIS Porter, the Sheffield United striker, has described his loan move to Shrewsbury Town as a ‘win win’ situation for all parties concerned, writes James Shield.

And despite being scheduled to spend a month stationed nearly 90 miles away at Greenhous Meadow, Porter revealed how he plans to remain an key figure in the campaign to bring Championship football back to Bramall Lane.

“Hopefully everyone benefits,” Porter told The Star. “I get some games under my belt and if I do well then it helps Shrewsbury out.

“But, if you look at the fixture list, it also helps United too because a lot of the teams I’m going to be playing against are in and around them towards the top of the table. That’s the beauty of the situation and was definitely one of the ideas behind the move.”

Porter completed the first part of his not-so-covert mission when he scored on his debut for Graham Turner’s side at Tranmere Rovers seven days ago.

Tomorrow, when his parent club lock horns with League One leaders AFC Bournemouth, the 29-year-old will be spearheading Town’s attack against lowly Stevenage before forthcoming meetings with Doncaster Rovers, Walsall and MK Dons.

“Shrewsbury is a well run club with a good manager in Graham Turner,” Porter continued. “I watched the game down here (United won 2-1) recently and that much was apparent but you could see they were a bit short up front for various different reasons and so that’s where I came in.

“I didn’t just want to go out on loan anywhere but I felt I could bring something to what is clearly a good footballing team.”

Although Porter has scored only twice in United colours since the second-leg of last season’s play-off semi-final, his goals per start ratio (2.42) throughout a career encompassing spells with Motherwell and Derby County stands-up to scrutiny.

“Playing regularly should help me get that sharpness back,” Porter said. “When you are doing that you relax a little bit more and try things that, if you’ve not been involved much, you perhaps wouldn’t.”

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