NEIL Warnock has revealed how his respect for Sheffield United and their manager Danny Wilson accelerated Dominic Poleon’s move to Bramall Lane.
Warnock, now in charge of Yorkshire rivals Leeds, told The Star that “six or seven other clubs” wanted to sign Poleon during the emergency loan window.
But Warnock, who seven years ago led United into the Premier League, said: “As far as I’m concerned, Sheffield United is the club where Dominic is going to learn the most.
“Not only that but, knowing Danny as I do, he’s the type of person who is going to really bring the lad on and teach him a lot as well.
“Sheffield United is a great place to play your football. It’s exactly the right sort of environment for a lad like Dominic because performing regularly in front of a big crowd is an important part of his learning process.
“Coupled with that, Danny is someone who looks after his players and coaches them well. He goes about his business in the right manner.
“We know Dominic is going to be looked after properly by Sheffield United and Danny so that’s why we wanted him to go there.”
Although Poleon, aged 19, agreed to join United until the end of the season on Tuesday, all three parties involved in the deal have resolved to delay processing the transfer’s paperwork to ensure he is eligible to feature in the League One play-offs should Wilson’s side appear in their second successive final.
“It goes without saying we hope we finish in the top two,” Wilson acknowledged earlier this week. “But it would have been wrong not to cover every possible scenario.
“He’s been someone we’ve had our eyes on for a while now and feel as if can bring something to our team.
“He’s fast and can operate in a few different positions.”
Poleon, who started his career at Chelsea before arriving at Elland Road via Southend, scored twice in seven appearances for Bury earlier this term.
The forward, who can operate both in a central role or out wide, was also on target when he made his full debut for Leeds five months ago and was rewarded with a fresh contract after returning from Greater Manchester.
Having allowed Chris Porter to join Shrewsbury Town, who face Tranmere Rovers this evening, to ensure continued compliance with the Salary Cost Management Protocol, United will make a contribution towards Poleon’s weekly wage for the duration of his stay.
United are fifth in the table following their midweek victory at Gigg Lane and, speaking ahead of his former club’s match against Colchester, Warnock added: “Dominic is a very talented lad. It goes without saying that he’s got plenty to learn and he needs to work on the defensive aspect of his game a bit but Danny will help him with that.
“United are getting a very good footballer. Dominic is quick, strong and he’s got a lot to offer. I’m sure he will flourish there.”
Teams and ref
BLADES (possible): Long; McMahon, Collins, Maguire, Higginbotham; Flynn, Doyle, McDonald, Murphy; Kitson, Forte (4-4-2).
COLCHESTER (possible): Walker; Okuonghae, Wilson, White, Thompson; Wright, Massey, Porter, Clifford; Sears, Ibhere (4-4-2).
David Webb: He will be taking charge of his first game at Bramall Lane since last season’s FA Cup success over Salisbury. Averages 2.95 cautions per game this season and a red card every eight compared to figures of 2.91 and 5.28 at the end of last. Dismissed former Sheffield United defender Claude Davis on his Rotherham debut three weeks ago.