SHEFFIELD UNITED: No panic about Paul Gallagher

Paul Gallagher: On-loan winger in action for United
Paul Gallagher: On-loan winger in action for United

SHEFFIELD United will not open talks with Paul Gallagher and Leicester City aimed at extending the former Scotland international’s stay at Bramall Lane for at least another week, manager Danny Wilson says.

Wilson, who handed the on-loan winger his third start in United colours against Yeovil Town last weekend, dismissed claims that Gallagher’s contractual situation must be addressed before Saturday’s visit of Notts County.

The 28-year-old agreed a month long move to South Yorkshire nearly a fortnight ago and Wilson said: “It’s not something that’s an issue at the moment. It isn’t exactly a pressing concern.

“Paul’s not even half way through his stay with us so there’s plenty of time to sort out what might or might not happen afterwards.

“We’ll have a chat when the time is right. There’s no rush.”

Ryan Flynn’s return from suspension has presented Wilson with a selection dilemma ahead of the League One fixture against County.

Despite making a slow start to his career in South Yorkshire, Gallagher showed signs of rediscovering his best form at Huish Park.

However, with his compatriot available again following a three match ban, Wilson must decide whether to persist with the attack which faced Gary Johnson’s side or grant Flynn an immediate recall.

Gallagher twice went close before delivering the corner which allowed Neill Collins to net the game’s only goal.

Flynn scored twice during a 5-3 victory over AFC Bournemouth earlier this month before being red carded at Scunthorpe.

Michael Doyle was also dismissed at Glanford Park but is now eligible for selection.

Gallagher, who seems destined to leave the King Power Stadium after failing to hold down a regular place in City’s starting eleven this term, was substituted towards the end of United’s meeting with Town.

However Wilson allayed fears that he was injured, despite requiring treatment following a heavy challenge moments earlier.

“The only problem Paul had was that he was shattered,” Wilson said. “He’s absolutely run himself in to the ground and, do you know what, I’ve got absolutely no problem with that whatsoever.

“I thought it was good to see. It shows how much he had put in.”

Gallagher, speaking soon after his arrival at United, appeared to acknowledge his future lies away from Leicester.

Despite refusing to elaborate on the reasons why - “I’m not going to talk about what happened. Suffice to say I’ve got a good relationship with the manager” - Gallagher suggested he would prefer to join a club closer to his home in the North-West of England.

Although Nigel Pearson, Wilson’s counterpart in the Midlands, will have the final say on whether Gallagher remains, United could decide to try and extend his deal before assessing the matter again at a later date.

County climbed to second in the table - three points ahead of sixth placed United - courtesy of a 3-0 win over Portsmouth at Meadow Lane.

Collins, speaking soon after claiming his third goal of the new season, described the County clash as “a brilliant game we can all get up for.”

Wilson said: “There aren’t any easy games in this competition. Obviously we know County are a good side but we also had to work very hard against Yeovil because it’s never an easy place to come and play football.

“It’s a tight stadium so the action can be quite fast-paced and frantic.”