NICK Blackman has warned Sheffield United’s League One rivals that Danny Wilson’s side can be “a devastating force” in the division this term.
Blackman, the former Blackburn Rovers striker, made the chilling prediction ahead of tomorrow’s clash with second-placed Notts County.
United, unbeaten since the competition resumed in August, are sixth after winning three and drawing five of their eight matches so far.
Blackman said: “We’re satisfied with our start, but once it clicks we’ll be a devastating force.
“We’re getting closer to achieving what we feel we can.”
Blackman, aged 22, has established himself as a key figure in Wilson’s squad by scoring four goals since completing a summer transfer from Ewood Park.
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tracted unwanted attention from opposition defenders and he added: “I’m getting kicked a lot at this level.
“A lot more than I should be, that’s for sure!
“I enjoy the physical aspect of football, though, so it’s not going to bother me or put me off.
“It’s part and parcel of the game and you just have to take it.”
County will make the short journey north looking to avenge March’s 5-2 defeat in the Midlands.
United, who welcome back captain Michael Doyle and fellow midfielder Ryan Flynn from suspension, also triumphed 2-1 in last season’s corresponding fixture at Bramall Lane.
“Every game we go into is our biggest test,” Blackman acknowledged. “County have scored goals and they’ll want to come forward. I know they’ve got some good players because I was with Alan Judge at Blackburn. He’s got a very good set-piece delivery and also an excellent shot from open play.”
“It’s great to have Michael and Ryan back. Michael is a massive player for us and Ryan has been at Liverpool. in the past. You don’t do that unless you’ve got something.
“We all know what Michael brings to the table and Ryan can score and create goals.
“Hopefully I can get on the end of some of his crosses but I’ve not spoken to him about the type of service I like because it depends from situation to situation.
“The more we all work together as a team and longer we spend together, the better we are going to get.”