Francois feeling festive as Lane chance beckons

Back in favour: Lecsinel Jean-Francois
Back in favour: Lecsinel Jean-Francois
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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has promised to give Lecsinel Jean-Francois the chance to make the left-back spot his own over the Christmas programme.

Wilson named the Haiti international in his starting line-up for the first time in two months of football against Rochdale.

Although he helped keep a third clean sheet in a row in League One, Jean-Francois looked rusty at times and copped some flak from the terraces for his performance. Granted, there were periods when he appeared uncomfortable in possession but, nonetheless, the instrumental part he played in the second goal at home to Dale should not be forgotten.

He supplied an inviting near-post cross for Richard Cresswell to tap home after he had linked up well with Stephen Quinn on the left flank.

Blades chief Wilson decided to select Jean-Francois over Reading star Marcus Williams, whose 93-day loan stint officially expired yesterday at Bramall Lane.

Wilson confirmed: “We told Marcus [Williams] during the week that he wasn’t playing. He could have played but Lecs [Jean-Francois] needs games and it was a good one to play him in at home.

“We have to make sure we are ready for the Christmas period. It is better to blood a player now rather than throw them in cold away from

home. Hopefully that match will help Lecs find his feet because he will be playing in another tough one at Bournemouth.”

Jean-Francois, who worked with Wilson at Swindon Town, is expected to stay in the back four for the next three league matches, with Bournemouth, Notts County and Harle

pool. However, Wilson has admitted he would like to re-sign Williams in the New Year. The Doncaster-born player has said he hopes to back for United’s trip to Carlisle on January 2.