DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, last night elaborated on his decision not to extend Mike Mampuya’s trial at Bramall Lane.
Wilson admitted the Congolese had impressed after joining the League One club on their recent tour of Malta but expressed reservations about his ability to cope with the rigors of English football.
Outlining why he opted to sign former Middlesbrough defender Tony McMahon instead, Wilson told The Star: “Mike is a smashing lad and he fitted in ever so well with the rest of the boys.
“But he’s small, probably no taller than I am, so that did cause us a concern.
“If I’m honest, I think he would have been targeted in this country because of his height and that wouldn’t have been fair on him because, technically speaking, Mike is a very good player.
“Going forward, without question, he brought something to the table and was very good.
“But because of his stature, at the other end of the pitch, I think he might have had a problem over here.”
McMahon, a former England youth international, made his first appearance in a United jersey during Tuesday night’s friendly at Rotherham.
Wilson, whose side will attempt to preserve their unbeaten pre-season record at Hallam this evening, added: “You saw how Tony coped with what Rotherham threw at him physically out there and that’s very important.
“He knows what defending in England is all about.
“I’m not going to criticise Mike at all because, like I say, he’s a terrific person and a very good player but, because he’s nearly 30, you do have to wonder if he could adapt.
“But we sincerely wish him all the best.”