Sheffield United: Weir’s quick to praise United’s new pace ace

Sheffield United new signings, 'back row, left to right, Jasper Johns, Sean McGinty, Stephen McGinn, front, Febian Brandy.
Sheffield United new signings, 'back row, left to right, Jasper Johns, Sean McGinty, Stephen McGinn, front, Febian Brandy.
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Creativity, speed and unpredictability.

These are three attributes Sheffield United manager David Weir feels new boy Febian Brandy will bring to their midfield next season.

The new Blades boss reckons United have in the past “lacked” a flair player, an individual capable of unlocking packed defences.

But the former Everton and Glasgow Rangers defender is confident 24-year-old Brandy will add a creative spark to their attacking forays.

The free-agent winger, who started his career at Manchester United, arrived from Walsall on Tuesday, penning a two-year deal at Bramall Lane.

“Pace was one of the things we were looking for when we brought Febian in,” Weir told The Star. “It is great to have added that into the mixture.

“We are delighted to have brought Febian in. He has great attacking qualities.

“He had a great season at Walsall last year. They were desperate to keep him. There were a lot of other clubs interested in him so we did well to get him.”

“I think Febian will excite the fans and bring something a bit different,” he added.

“He has got pace and is an exciting player and hopefully will make things happen. I think that’s maybe something we lacked.”

Brandy registered seven goals in the 2012/13 campaign as the Saddlers, operating on one of the smallest budgets in League One, just missed out on a play-off spot. He can operate in multiple positions and Weir says Brandy’s versatility will be a big asset in United’s quest to climb out of the third tier of English football.

“Febian gives me the option of changing formations,” he said. “That’s the nature of the job. You’ve got to be flexible and you’ve got to try and pick a system which will suit the team. It is a balancing act.

“It is about maximising your assets. The more options you’ve got, the better.”

As well as Brandy, United also recruited defenders Sean McGinty and Jasper Johns and midfielder Stephen McGinn last week.

McGinty, formerly of Manchester United, and McGinn, a former Scotland Under-21 international, have signed two-year contracts, with Johns agreeing a one-year deal. Weir said: “It is great to get people in early so they can be involved in pre-season straight away. They can get the work done like the rest of the squad so there is no catching up to be done. That’s a benefit.

“Jasper and Sean are obviously a bit younger but I know Sean’s had some league experience. We are looking to try to improve them and they’ve got an opportunity to show me what they’ve got.

“Stephen and Febian have experience and will be competing for positions. They are great additions. Hopefully they can come in and have an impact immediately.”

United’s home clash with Crawley, scheduled for Saturday, October 5, has been switched to prevent a clash with Sheffield Wednesday. The match will be played the day before (7.45pm kick-off).