Loan striker faces fight for place

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WILL Hoskins has been warned that Sheffield United’s wealth of attacking options means he can not take first-team football for granted at Bramall Lane.

Instead, speaking ahead of this weekend’s crucial League One encounter with Wycombe Wanderers, manager Danny Wilson revealed the on-loan striker must fight tooth and nail with Ched Evans, Richard Cresswell and Chris Porter for the right to start.

“Nobody here is guaranteed a place in the team,” Wilson said. “That’s not the way it works, and Will, who is a good professional, accepts that.

“We are sure he’s going to be a tremendous asset for this team but that doesn’t mean he is going to get any favours.

“He’ll have to work hard in the week and then perform during the games themselves to do that.”

Nevertheless, despite those words of caution, it seems inconceivable that Hoskins will not enjoy a prominent role against Gary Waddock’s side on Saturday afternoon.

The 25-year-old former Rotherham |United star, who completed a transfer- deadline-day move from Brighton and Hove Albion, is scheduled to spend the rest of the season in South Yorkshire.

With fellow centre-forward James Beattie scheduled to return from suspension when fourth-placed United host Preston North End later this month, Wilson said: “There’s good competition for places up front now.

“Hopefully that brings out the best in everybody. I’m sure it will. They’ll drive each other on.”