Coach Chris Morgan is convinced Sheffield United’s players will deal with the pressure of being one of the favourites to go up next season.
United manager Nigel Clough has never shied away from the fact that promotion will be his top target when the 2014/15 campaign gets under way on August 9.
Some bookmakers have already installed Clough’s men as red-hot favourites to finish in the top two of League One following their impressive run of results in 2014.
Morgan, who featured in Sunday’s charity fund-raiser between a United Legends XI and a team of television celebrities at Bramall Lane, said: “I think we will be able to handle it [expectation level]. We have got an experienced bunch. I think the players the manager is trying to get in will be the right ones.
“If we can keep together the majority of lads who served us well towards the end of the season, I think the squad will look healthy and strong.”
Morgan can’t wait for the challenges that lie ahead, claiming United deserve “great credit” for finishing just outside the play-off placings following a terrible start.
Speaking to The Star earlier this month, the former United centre-half called on more members of the club’s under-21 squad to break into the first-team set-up.
Otis Khan, Connor Dimaio and Louis Reed have all made their senior debuts in recent months, having blossomed at Professional Development League level.
Morgan said: “The gaffer has made no secret of the fact that if you are good enough you will play, regardless of size and age.”