SHEFFIELD UNITED: New boys get time to show class

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DANNY Wilson believes Shaun Miller can play a big part in Sheffield United’s season.

He saw the striker impress on his debut last weekend with Miller - signed for £60,000 deal from Crewe Alexandra - showing the sort of promise against Burton that attracted United’s attention in the first place. Wilson also saw another newcomer, Nick Blackman, score his first goal in United colours after his move from Blackburn Rovers. With on-loan Manchester United striker John Cofie set to return from injury and Chris Porter having started last Saturday, the impact of the newcomers offers up a variety of choices for Wilson as he ponders his striking options ahead of Saturday’s opener.

“We had two strikers playing their first games for the club and it takes time for them to bed into new surroundings,” he said.

“But we’re willing to give them time. We know that they are good players; they’ve showed flashes of what they’re capable of.

“Shaun’s movement is good, he showed that on Saturday. It’s a big club for him - it’s not easy for a young lad like him to click in. But we’ll use him as we go along; he will do well.”

The cameos of Miller and Blackman will have been welcomed by Wilson despite giving him a selection headache when United open up their league campaign against Shrewsbury Town. “We’re not too worried about the Burton result - the important thing to do is bounce back with three points on Saturday,” he said. “Shrewsbury will come with a gameplan, so we have had the ideal preparation for that challenge.

“We know we will have to be at our best to get off to a winning start.”