Sheffield United: I want promotion battlers, says Wilson

Sheffield United
Sheffield United

SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has revealed he would refuse to sign a player if there were doubts about their stomach for a League One promotion fight, writes James Shield.

Wilson, who recently bolstered his squad by capturing Jonathan Forte and Dominic Poleon on loan, made the admission ahead of today’s meeting with second-placed AFC Bournemouth.

“We always ask about someone’s character before we bring them in,” Wilson told The Star. “And if the answer isn’t good then it makes our decision very easy.

“Fortunately, in most cases, the answer has been very positive.

“People have got to fit in because if they don’t then the rest of the lads will quickly suss them out and the fans will suss them out too.”

“A little bit of homework can go a long way,” added Wilson. “For instance, is he committed? Does he work hard in training?”

The arrival of Forte and Poleon completed a busy transfer window at Bramall Lane with Barry Robson, Danny Higginbotham and Jamie Murphy joining Wilson’s squad on a permanent basis while Nick Blackman joined Reading.

Like Forte, who is also scheduled to spend the rest of the season in South Yorkshire, Poleon’s main asset is pace.

The Leeds youngster could make his second appearance for United at Goldsands Stadium but Forte, who has scored once in three outings since leaving Southampton, is a doubt due to a groin injury.

“We’ll see how he is,” Wilson said. “And then take things from there.”

United, now fourth following a run of three straight wins, will climb above their opponents in the rankings if they extend that sequence to four.

Wilson added: “We’ve got most positions covered now although there are still a few where we’ve got our fingers crossed. But that’s a fact of life at most clubs because there are financial rules now which must be adhered to.”

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