SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades chief opts for versatility

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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has revealed Paul Gallagher’s arrival at Bramall Lane provides the template for his future forays into the transfer market.

Gallagher, who agreed a short-term loan from Leicester City earlier this month, can perform a variety of attacking roles despite being deployed on the wing since joining Wilson’s side.

With United’s League One status prompting a round of cost-cutting measures behind the scenes, Wilson said: “We must have variety. We need players who can play in various positions.

“We want honesty and endeavour too because that’s what we’ve got from the lads who are here now.”

Wilson, speaking after last weekend’s victory over Yeovil Town, admitted it would be “fantastic” if United can retain Gallagher’s services when his initial month-long deal expires.

However, with Ryan Flynn and captain Michael Doyle both available for Saturday’s visit of Notts County following suspension, the former Northern Ireland international could be tempted to reshuffle his midfield.

Sixth-placed United enter the meeting with County as one of only three teams still unbeaten in the competition this season and Wilson said: “We had four forwards on the pitch at Yeovil and we went there with a determined attitude.

“We always want to attack. That’s always our approach.”

County, in second, are confident of puncturing United’s record, according to Dean Leacock.

“We’ve had a lot of momentum and confidence is very high,” the defender said. “We’ll take it into Saturday and we’ll go there and play our game.

“Hopefully we can come away from there with another good result.”