Sheffield United: Lyle has the quality we need

George Long signs autographs for his admirers at Bramall Lane before England U21s' 6-0 rout of Scotland, last night. Picture Martyn Harrison.
George Long signs autographs for his admirers at Bramall Lane before England U21s' 6-0 rout of Scotland, last night. Picture Martyn Harrison.
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Sheffield United centre-forward Lyle Taylor has the potential to make a big impact in League One this season, David Weir has claimed.

The 23-year-old is poised to make only his second start for the club this weekend against Colchester at Bramall Lane. But Weir, who paid £250,000 to sign Taylor from Falkirk, believes he is destined to make a big impact.

Assessing the youngster’s performance at Brentford four days ago, Weir said: “I thought Lyle worked really hard. He never gave up and kept on going right until the very end which was great to say. That’s the type of attitude which can cause opponents problems. That determination to keep on chipping away and making things difficult for the other side.

“Lyle didn’t get too many sights of goal (at Griffin Park) but he did well to create one chance for himself. And that came about through good technique and tenacity.”

Those qualities saw Taylor score 29 goals in 42 outings north of the border last term. Hibernian and Rotherham both attempted to acquire his signature before Weir beat them to the punch four weeks ago. United, beaten 3-1 by Brentford, will look to respond in positive fashion when they entertain Joe Dunne’s side in three days time.

Weir added: “We’ll be working hard on certain aspects of our play as usual.”

Meanwhile, England beat Scotland 6-0 in last night’s U-21 international at Bramall Lane, with George Long an unused substitute. See Page 40.