SHEFFIELD UNITED: Highly-rated Slew backed to sparkle at Latics

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OLDHAM Athletic manager Paul Dickov is adamant ex-Sheffield United youngster Jordan Slew will terrorise League One defences after signing the striker on a six-month loan deal from Blackburn Rovers.

It was less than a year ago Slew, who notched three goals in 14 outings for the Blades, swapped Bramall Lane for Ewood Park.

But the precociously talented forward has been unable to command a regular first-team spot at Rovers, making just two substitute appearances.

Having spent the latter half of last season on loan at Stevenage where he featured nine times, Slew, who can run the 100m in 11.2 seconds, has opted to join the Latics.

“Jordan will give us a physical presence up front as well as being lightning fast which scares defences,” Dickov said.

“We need somebody with pace to stretch defences as well as scoring goals which Jordan will do.

“Jordan has a lot of potential and Blackburn regard him highly.”

Meanwhile, Erik Tonne netted as a youthful United side, led by coach Chris Morgan, defeated Matlock Town 1-0 at Causeway Lane last night. The Norwegian, who endured a frustrating loan spell with York City last term, grabbed the winner in the 54th minute to preserve United’s unbeaten run in pre-season.

In front of a crowd of 478, Callum McFadzean went close in the first-half but was later forced off with a minor knock.

But nine minutes after the break, Tonne registered following neat build up play involving Danny Philliskirk and David McAllister.

UNITED: Long, Hodder, T Williams, Harriott, Salt, Foster, Tonne, McAllister, Ironside, Philliskirk, McFadzean (Pemberton 24). Unused substitute: Willis.