It is widely regarded as one of football’s toughest jobs, writes James Shield. A role which demands honesty, invention and an appetite for hard work.
But Sheffield United’s Chris Porter is encouraged by David Weir’s decision to deploy a lone centre-forward.
Indeed, the former Motherwell and Derby County marksman revealed ahead of Friday’s League One opener against Notts County, the new manager’s tactical philosophy resembles the system which spawned the most memorable chapter of his career.
“The last time I played up front on my own was probably at Motherwell,” Porter told The Star. “On a regular basis at least and I’m more than happy to do it.
“It worked pretty well for me up there so hopefully the same will happen again if that’s the system we decide to keep when the real stuff gets going.
“You’ve got to think about your movement, make sure your positioning is good and make sure those around you are organised too.
“We’ve been doing a few things a bit differently since everything changed behind the scenes and this is one of them.
“We’ll see what happens because we’ve worked on being quite flexible with formations and such like. One of the advantages of this one is that, from a player’s perspective, if it’s working well you tend to get into better areas more.”
Porter, who claimed 27 goals in 65 appearances after joining the Scottish Premier League club in 2007, scored his third of pre-season during last week’s draw with Atromitos of the Greek Superleague.
With Lyle Taylor also in a rich vein of form following a £250,000 transfer from Falkirk, Weir faces a difficult but welcome selection dilemma should he adopt the same strategy against Chris Kiwomya’s side.
“I feel confident and it’s always a nice feeling to hit the target,” Porter said. “It doesn’t matter what type of game it is or where.”