DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has revealed how George Long is coping with the pressure of becoming Bramall Lane’s first-choice goalkeeper.
Long, aged 18, has impressed supporters, team mates and coaching staff alike after stepping into the breach when Mark Howard tore a muscle at Leyton Orient earlier this month.
Despite maintaining United must still enter the transfer market to fill the void created by Howard’s absence - “That’s not a criticism of George at all” - Wilson said: “The reason George looks so cool under pressure is because he isn’t being put under any. Not by us anyway.
“He doesn’t get that from the lads or from the staff and myself. People outside the camp might say he’s under pressure but not us.”
United responded to Howard’s predicament by inviting Danny Coyne, previously of Middlesbrough, Leicester City and Wales, to train at Shirecliffe while other potential candidates are set to be assessed
With the talented but untested George Willis expected to be understudy to Long when United visit Preston North End this afternoon, Wilson added: “There’s no blame culture here if players make mistakes.
“Having one serves no purpose whatsoever.”