Sheffield United: Weir ponders Blades options

Febian Brandy tries to hold off Ryan Dickson. Picture: Martyn Harrison.
Febian Brandy tries to hold off Ryan Dickson. Picture: Martyn Harrison.
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David Weir, the Sheffield United manager, is investigating ways of boosting his team’s firepower.

Weir made the admission following last weekend’s League One draw with Colchester which saw the South Yorkshire club claim a point courtesy of defender Harry Maguire’s first half strike.

Although the former Scotland international insisted that “lads who are already here” will be granted first refusal on places in United’s starting eleven, he has not ruled-out the possibility of entering the transfer market should suitable targets emerge.

The Star understands that United banked £250,000 when Wolverhampton Wanderers triggered a release clause in Kevin McDonald’s contract earlier this month.

That money, coupled with the room for manouevre his departure has created on Bramall Lane’s wage bill, could be reinvested its first team squad.

Weir, who cited Febian Brandy as one player capable of turbo-charging United’s attack, said: “Being honest, we do need to be more decisive in the opposition’s final third.

“We ‘ve got to take the initiative in there a little bit more, be a bit more exciting, rather than waiting for things to happen and unfold.

“I’m not just talking about the attackers. And it’s not a criticism either.

“Just an observation about an area where we need to improve.”

Weir, appointed as Danny Wilson’s permanent successor in June, saw United fall behind when Colchester’s Freddie Sears pounced midway through the opening period before Maguire levelled just before the interval.

Weir added: “We believe in what we are doing.

“There were things out there, despite the fact we quite clearly need to do lots of work on other aspects of our game, that we were also very happy with.

“We feel what we are doing and trying to put into place is the right way to go long-term.

“We’re involved in a process and we are only three games in (to the league season).

“The challenge for us is to improve and get to where we want to be while still achieving positive results because, it goes without saying, that’s what everyone associated with this football club wants.”