Sheffield United: Grayson considers his options

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson
Preston North End manager Simon Grayson
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Simon Grayson, the Preston North End manager, is convinced his team possess enough firepower to trouble any team in the division.

But, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s League One fixture at Bramall Lane, the former Leeds and Blackpool chief has warned other players must still contribute in front of goal or risk losing their place in the starting eleven.

“The goals should be shared around,” Grayson said. “It will be the strikers who ultimately weigh in with a lot of them during a full season although you want a decent contribution from other positions.

“Our defenders are strong and powerful and should be a threat at set-pieces. Then we have got some flair players who will be getting on the end of things.

“It does take the pressure off the strikers if others are chipping in with a few goals. Having a few different players able to put the ball in the net makes it difficult for the opposition.”

Grayson’s message has clearly resonated at Deepdale this term with 10 different names appearing on North End’s scoresheet.

They travel to South Yorkshire fifth in the table - 17 places above Sheffield United - and searching for a fourth straight win having recently dispatched Stevenage, Walsall and Oldham Athletic.

Jack King is likely to be North End’s only notable absentee after being diagnosed with a broken foot.

Former England international Kevin Davies and Stuart Beavon are expected to spearhead their attack against opponents who earlier this week completed the signing of Marlon King.

“Strikers will be judged on the goals they score whatever else they might do in a game,” Grayson said. “They do contribute in other ways but they like to be scoring.

“I like the variety we’ve got and the options we’ve got. Some of them are more suited to scoring while others weigh in with more assists.”