SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has predicted Chris Porter can still enjoy a leading role in the South Yorkshire club’s battle for automatic promotion from League One.
Porter has found first-team football hard to come by after falling behind leading scorer Ched Evans and Richard Cresswell in the pecking order at Bramall Lane.
But, after coming in from the cold during Saturday’s triumph over Leyton Orient, Porter is being tipped to make his presence felt as United look to make an immediate return to the Championship following their relegation last term.
“Chris is an important player for us and he’s a very good player too,” Wilson said.
“I thought we did ever so well when he came on.
“Chris showed some really good touches and certainly put himself about. He needed that game and we needed him to have it.
“It’s never easy stepping in when you’ve not had too much action and Chris really showed his worth.
“He’ll keep on getting sharper.”
Porter, who joined United in July after severing his ties with Derby County, was also namechecked by Russell Slade, Wilson’s counterpart at Orient, after replacing Cresswell midway through the first half of last weekend’s 3-1 victory.
With Cresswell still waiting to discover whether he will be passed fit for this weekend’s meeting with MK Dons, Porter could start against Karl Robinson’s side if the former Stoke City marksman’s shoulder injury fails to heal in time.
“Some of the lads we’ve got here might not always get the headlines or mentions in the media,” Wilson added. “And Chris is probably one of those. But that doesn’t mean to say they get overlooked in the dressing room.
“In there, we all know what they bring to the table and how important they are to what we’re trying to achieve.”
United will be assured of a top-two finish if they win at stadium:mk and third-placed Sheffield Wednesday are beaten by Carlisle in the next round of games.
But Wilson said: “Nothing has been decided yet and we’re not relaxing at all.”