SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson last night insisted Kevin McDonald can exert huge influence over the club’s performances in League One.
Wilson was speaking after unveiling the former Burnley midfielder, who has agreed an initial one-year contract at Bramall Lane, just hours before Saturday’s victory over Brentford.
McDonald’s hopes of joining United on a permanent basis appeared to be in ruins when Wilson revealed he would be unable to complete the deal until another of his high-earners was sold.
But plc chairman Kevin McCabe personally intervened to release the funding required to complete McDonald’s signature.
Wilson said: “He’s an orchestrator. He can gauge the tempo of a game and he can dictate the tempo. Kevin isn’t the most aggressive player in the world believe it or not and we can bring more of that out of him. But he’s been patient and shown us loyalty because I know for a fact that he could have gone out there and got himself another club.
“He wants to get his career back on track with us.
“Kevin showed his commitment but basically it’s down to the owner that he’s here.”
Wilson said Michael Doyle was distraught by the decision to drop him from the starting eleven which beat Uwe Rosler’s side 2-0; a result which ensured United’s 100 per cent start to the new campaign remains intact ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with Walsall.
“I had a talk with Michael and he was gutted about it,” added Wilson. “He’s played ever so well ever since I came here and probably didn’t deserve it but the club is bigger than all of us. Everyone is fighting for a place but, from what I’ve seen and know of him, Michael is going to have a massive part to play for us this season that’s for sure.”
Ryan Flynn (hamstring) and Chris Porter (dead leg) are expected to be fit for the clash against the Saddlers.