DOMINIC Poleon is confident he can forge an effective partnership with fellow centre-forward Dave Kitson, writes James Shield.
Danny Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, admitted his latest acquisition is still “slightly raw” after signing Poleon on loan from Yorkshire rivals Leeds.
But the teenager, who is expected to make his second appearance since arriving at Bramall Lane against AFC Bournemouth this weekend, says working with the likes of Kitson can smooth those rough edges.
“Dave Kitson is a big presence on the pitch and I believe I can complement him as much as he can me,” Poleon said. “He is a big target man and I can gamble off him and he can gamble off anything that gets pushed back.
“I’m really looking forward to working with him and all of the other players here at Sheffield United too because they can teach me a lot.
“I’ll be looking to learn as much as I can from them. During training and matches too.
“There’s a lot of experienced professionals in this dressing room and so that means there are plenty of things that I can pick-up.”
With Poleon capable of operating either through the middle or along the flank, Wilson could find himself wrestling with a welcome selection problem should Jonathan Forte recover from a groin strain in time for the visit to Goldsands Stadium.
Forte, on-loan from Southampton, missed last weekend’s victory over Colchester after “tweaking a muscle” towards the end of United’s recent match at Bury, according to Wilson.
“I have always been around quality players,” Poleon, who started as a junior with Chelsea, added. “And the quality is upping and upping as I try to progress my career.”
Wilson, who declared himself “pleased” with Poleon’s contribution after coming-on as a second-half substitute against Joe Dunne’s men, said: “Dominic did well. “He’s still young and so he can still be slightly raw at times but he’s learning all the time and you accept that because of the things he can do.
“He’s got power and, as we’ve seen, lots and lots of pace. That can be a real weapon.”
Meanwhile, Matt Hill pressed his claims for a place in United’s starting eleven against Bournemouth by completing 90 minutes of Monday’s Professional Development League fixture with Leeds. Hill has been named on the bench since recovering from a broken jaw while Jordan Chapell also impressed.