NEW striker Danny Philliskirk insists he can form a potent partnership with teammate Jordan Slew in Sheffield United’s quest to escape League One at the first attempt.
It is believed Blades boss Danny Wilson favours a little and large double act up front and is set to pair up Slew with either Daniel Bogdanovic or Chris Porter at Oldham Athletic on August 6.
But Philliskirk, the son of former United forward Tony, who made 80 appearances for the club in the 1980s, is adamant he can combine effectively with Slew.
“If we played alongside each other, I think we would work well together,” he told The Star. “We get on great off the pitch and are good friends.
“Jordan is more of a targetman. He is strong and will run in behind defences. He has a good all-round game and I think if I played off him it would be beneficial for the team but that is for the manager to decide.”
He added: “Jordan is a very good, talented player and it is great that we have managed to keep hold of him. He has got a lot to learn but he is very promising for the future.
“He scored goals last season so I think he will do well at this level.”
Snapped up on a free-transfer following his release by Chelsea, Philliskirk signed a one-year contract at Bramall Lane in July and the club have the option of extending his deal by a further 12 months.
Now the 20-year-old is aiming to open his United account at his hometown club next week. Philliskirk, a graduate of the Latics youth system, is determined to prove himself under Wilson’s tutelage and says he is looking forward to returning to Boundary Park.
“It will be strange playing against them,” he admitted. “It is a massive away game for me because that is where I first started off as a youngster. I have got a few friends there but my priority is Sheffield United. They were my teammates but that is in the past and I’m here now. Hopefully I will get picked and I can score a few against them.”