SHEFFIELD UNITED: Three up for the Blades

Good movement: Shaun Miller could form a three-pronged attack for United when circumstances allow it, says Danny Wilson.'                   Picture: martyn harrison
Good movement: Shaun Miller could form a three-pronged attack for United when circumstances allow it, says Danny Wilson.' Picture: martyn harrison
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Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson has not ruled out switching his formation and fielding a three-pronged attack - if he feels the change will benefit their promotion charge.

The Blades chief is convinced new strikers Shaun Miller, John Cofie and Nick Blackman, who has netted two goals in three appearances, have the ability to form a lethal strikeforce.

Since taking over at Bramall Lane, Wilson has favoured a 4-4-2 formation, winning several plaudits for helping turn the side into a more attractive outfit.

But Wilson insists he is happy to alternate between systems as long as United keep picking up positive results in League One.

He said: “We have options up front now with with Nick, John and Shaun. They all bring something different to the table.

“They give us options and that’s a nice position to be in. They can all play. I don’t see any reason why we couldn’t play them all together. There might be an opportunity to do that.

“Nick’s all round play has been very good although he’s not the finished article yet. John will get better the more training he does and Shaun’s movement is good.”

Miller staked his claim for a first-team start after impressing as a second-half substitute in the 1-1 midweek draw at Coventry City. He teed up Blackman’s late leveller, having replaced Manchester United loanee John Cofie for the second match in succession.

Ryan Flynn is also in contention for the trip to Colchester United after shaking off a minor knock. The winger was an unused substitute at Coventry.

Wilson has confirmed Nick Montgomery and Richard Cresswell were both left out of the clash at the Ricoh Arena due to financial reasons. After missing out on promotion last season, United have no choice but to sell their top earners to lower the wage bill, which is the highest in the division.

He said: “They (Nick and Richard) are top lads but it’s a decision that’s had to be made. We’ve not had any interest in them at the moment but obviously the window is open until the end of the month.

“The position the club is in isn’t easy and we’ve had to make the decision to nurture the young players.”