Sheffield United: Clough refuses to press the panic button in striker search

Jose Baxter (above) has impressed Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough during pre-season � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Jose Baxter (above) has impressed Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough during pre-season � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Nigel Clough has mounted a passionate defence of his decision not to make any snap decisions in the transfer market as Sheffield United search for attacking reinforcements continues, writes James Shield.

Clough, the United manager, wants to sign at least one centre-forward during the summer window despite capturing Marc McNulty from Livingston and being impressed by Jose Baxter’s performances during the club’s pre-season campaign.

Some supporters have expressed frustration at what they perceive as a lack of progress but Clough, whose side host Huddersfield Town at Bramall Lane tonight (kick-off 7.45pm), told The Star: “We’re not just going to bring any old striker in for the sake of it. Just so we can say that we’ve got four of them here at the club.

“It’s got to be the right player and the right deal. That’s what is important.”

Clough, who watched McNulty score his first United goal during last week’s victory over Dundee, added: “Marc gave us plenty to be encouraged about and Jose is looking very sharp. With Chris (Porter) here as well we’ve already got some good options there and we’re looking to build on that but there’s no cause for panic at all.”

United, who complete their preparations for August 9th’s visit of Bristol City with fixtures against Fenerbahce (Thursday) and York City (Saturday), will again be without injured midfielder James Wallace this evening while Ryan Flynn and Jamal Campbell-Ryce are also doubts.

“It will be a real test,” Clough said. “Possibly our hardest so far because they (Huddersfield) are a little bit ahead of us in terms of fitness.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1