Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett has warned his players that Neill Collins, the Sheffield United defender, will pose a threat at both ends of the pitch when the two teams meet at Molineux today.
Collins spent nearly three years in the Black Country before joining four seasons ago and has been an ever present for the visitors this term.
Jackett said: “Like everyone who goes back to one of their old clubs, he will want to do well and put in a good performance. Neill is a good attacker of the ball and very strong in the air.
“Both him and (Harry) Maguire have been pretty solid this season.”
Jackett and David Weir, his United counterpart, have suffered contrasting fortunes since being appointed earlier this summer.
Weir’s team will enter the match 22nd in the table and hoping to avoid a sixth consecutive League One defeat. But Jackett, whose team are third, predicted the former Scotland international will soon answer his critics.
“There are more than 100 points to play for so they have enough leeway to be successful this season,” he said. “It’s such a big club, this is their third season in league and they will be very frustrated they’re still there because they’ve been close to getting out in the last two years.
“Their aim will be to do that again and when you’re looking at the size of the club, the support and the infrastructure there, somewhere along the line this season it will get going.”
Nevertheless, with Wolves officials hoping over 20,000 home supporters expected to watch today’s contest, Jackett said: ““We’ve had tremendous home and away support and they’ve got right behind the team in every single game.
“I’m pleased with the wins record and the table.”