Sheffield United: Forte destined for big things

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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, believes Jonathan Forte has the potential to wreak havoc among League One defences after scoring his first goal for the club since returning on loan from Southampton, writes James Shield.

Forte, a graduate of United’s youth system, was on target during the midweek victory over Bury and enters this afternoon’s visit of Colchester hoping to claim his fifth of the campaign.

Wilson said: “When Jonno put that one away it was almost like he’d taken a ‘relax tablet.’ His movement was better, his link-up play was better and suddenly he looked a yard quicker too.

“He’d done well before that, don’t get me wrong, but suddenly everything Jonno did became even sharper which is understandable.”

With fellow new signing Jamie Murphy opening his account in United colours at Gigg Lane, Wilson added: “When you are brought in to score goals, or one of your jobs is to get them, then it’s always going to ease the pressure when you get the first one out of the way.”

Wilson, who expects Forte to start against Colchester despite “feeling a muscle” against Kevin Blackwell’s side, has ordered his players to “take off the shackles” between now and the end of the season.

Forte, who netted three times during a loan spell with Crawley Town last year, left Bramall Lane in 2007 and is scheduled to remain in South Yorkshire until the summer when his future at St Mary’s will be reviewed.

Wilson, describing the midfield partnership between Kevin McDonald and Michael Doyle as another “catalyst” behind United’s improved form, said: “I always maintained there wasn’t a lot wrong here but attacking wise we could have done better. Let’s just have a ‘go’ right from the first minute and see what that brings rather than having ‘tight’ players.”

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