SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson believes Nick Blackman has the potential to take League One by storm after watching the young striker score his fourth goal since arriving from Blackburn Rovers two months ago.
Blackman produced his finest display in a United jersey during Saturday’s draw with Bury and, but for a series of smart saves by Trevor Carson, would have departed Bramall Lane clutching the match ball as well as a bottle of champagne awarded by sponsors.
Wilson said: “Nick will only keep getting better. You worry about creating chances for some centre-forwards but not with Nick because he’s perfectly capable of doing that for himself.
“His workrate is exceptional and you can tell he’s really enjoying playing football because he’s not always had the chance to do that elsewhere.
“Nick will cover 10 marathons for you during a game. That tells you something about his enthusiasm.
“But we all know there are plenty of areas where he can still improve and get better.”
However, Wilson’s joy at Blackman’s performance was tempered by the knowledge that his team had wasted a glorious opportunity to enter tomorrow’s derby with Doncaster Rovers on the back of a win.
Carson made several good blocks - most notably to deny Blackman and Harry Maguire - as United dominated possession throughout the second-half.
However, Mark Cullen wasted a wonderful chance to punish their profligacy when he failed to hit the target from point blank range during the closing stages.
Wilson, whose side are now seventh in the table, handed debuts to Paul Gallagher, Darryl Westlake and Dave Kitson against Peter Shirtliff’s side.
He added: “I thought all three of them did OK and should be satisfied with themselves.
“The result was frustrating and admittedly we could have lost it right at the end but we’ll take consolation from the fact we’re still unbeaten.
“That’s important and we want to keep that belief that no one is going to beat us. Keep that mentality.
“We aren’t where we want to be yet in terms of our overall play but we will get there.”