Sheffield United: Cup rival is under orders

Craig Eastmond is preparing to renew his rivalry with Sheffield United � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Craig Eastmond is preparing to renew his rivalry with Sheffield United � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Craig Eastmond, Colchester’s midfielder playmaker, has been ordered to improve his game by manager Joe Dunne.

The former Arsenal protégé has impressed since swapping the Emirates Stadium for Essex earlier this year.

But despite boasting the technical ability to perform at a much higher level, Dunne believes the 22-year-old must develop a ruthless streak or risk seeing his potential go unfulfilled.

“The ball was bypassing Craig,” Dunne, reflecting on last weekend’s League One draw with Rotherham, said. “I will speak to Craig about it.

He needs to learn that these are the type of games that you are not going to be the player that we want you to be. You have to be something different, and he’s learning that transition.

“So we will analyse everything and see what can be done better because that benefits everyone.”

Eastmond, who is set to feature when Sheffield United visit the Weston Homes Community Stadium tomorrow, was substituted during the second-half of that match at New York Stadium. Nevertheless, Dunne expects him to prove an influential figure during the FA Cup first round tie.

Elliott Lee, who scored against Rotherham, could also feature if parent club West Ham grant permission for him to take part. However, Sanchez Watt is set to miss out after suffering a set-back in his fight against injury while centre-forward Freddie Sears remains a major doubt.