Lecsinel out to show he’s a tough guy

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LECSINEL Jean-Francois has vowed to prove he has the mental toughness required to carve a career at Bramall Lane.

The Sheffield United full-back, who recently returned to the starting eleven, acknowledged that a miserable display at Scunthorpe in September paved the way for Marcus Williams to arrive on loan from Reading.

But having started both of United’s last two League One fixtures, Jean-Francois said: “I am trying to get stronger and forget about when I make a mistake.

“The Scunthorpe match was the worst I have ever played.

“I was tired. I made some mistakes, some wrong decisions and misplaced some passes.

“I didn’t cost any goals but I knew I didn’t play well.

“Some things happen in football though and everybody goes through a bad time.”

Jean-Francois, a Haiti international, moved to South Yorkshire from Swindon Town during the close season.

With Williams in talks about joining United on a permanent basis next month, the former Falkirk and Guingamp full-back could be set for a more central role.

But Jean-Francois said: “I started the season at left-back so I’m quite comfortable playing there. I have got a good understanding with Stephen Quinn in the left.

“I need to play games week in and week out to get a relationship with my partner.”

With Williams ineligible for selection, Jean-Francois’ wish appears destined to be granted over the festive period.

“That’s why we brought him back in early,” manager Danny Wilson said.

“Marcus could have had one more game for us but Lecsy needed it.”