Jamal Campbell-Ryce has been challenged to continue the rich vein of form which saw him terrorise Preston North End last weekend, writes James Shield.
Campbell-Ryce spent the first six matches of the season on the periphery of Nigel Clough’s squad but marked his full debut with a superb individual display during Sheffield United’s 1-1 draw at Deepdale.
Although the international break means the winger must wait until September 13 before attempting to cement his place in Clough’s plans, the United manager said: “Jamal had shown what he could do in training and also when he was coming on in games too.
“That’s why he deserved his chance and the key, from my point of view at least, was the fact that he kept up such high intensity levels for almost the full 90 (minutes). That’s what made him such a touch opponent.”
Campbell-Ryce, aged 31, has represented the likes of Rotherham, Chesterfield, Bristol City and Barnsley since progressing through the ranks at Charlton Athletic.
“Jamal has got good experience and he knows what it takes to do well in this division,” Clough said. “But, more importantly than that, he’s also real ability as he’s already shown.
“We want competition for places. We don’t want there to be any such thing as a guaranteed place because that means everyone knows they’ve got to keep on performing.
“Jamal is one of a few players we’ve got who can make a real difference during games.”