SHEFFIELD United defender Lecsinel Jean-Francois has been working on his tackling technique in a bid to stay on the right side of the footballing law.
Danny Wilson, the League One club’s manager, admitted to concerns about the Haiti international’s disciplinary record after he served a one-match ban last month.
Although Wilson and his assistant, Frank Barlow, have both absolved Jean-Francois of complete responsibility - “It’s not difficult for a defender to get booked these days,” the latter acknowledged recently – coaching staff have outlined steps he can take to reduce a card count which currently stands at one every 2.6 games.
“We’ve had a word,” Wilson admitted. “I don’t think it’s all down to Lecsy but there are things he can do that could help.”
The refresher course appears to have had the desired effect with Jean-Francois avoiding a caution in all of his four appearances since missing the Yorkshire derby with Huddersfield Town through suspension.
Having impressed since his arrival on a free transfer earlier this summer, the 25-year-old’s place in the side which entertains Sheffield Wednesday this weekend is under threat following confirmation that fellow full-back Marcus Williams has returned to training after recovering from a dead leg.
Meanwhile, Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has told Matt Phillips that he will not be loaned to a rival Championship club after falling out of first-team contention at Bloomfield Road.
Phillips, who featured for the Lancashire club in the Premier League last term, is reportedly one of Wilson’s transfer targets as United look to bolster their squad ahead of Wednesday’s visit.
“I do believe in my lads and I believe I will loan some of them out,” said Holloway.
“I won’t loan them out to Championship teams.
“Why should I? Why should I help them?
“That’s not something I want to do.”