JORDAN Slew is capable of playing at the highest level, Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson last night insisted, after persuading the teenage striker to stay at Bramall Lane.
Slew, whose performances en-route to the 2010 FA Youth Cup final prompted Fulham to offer £500,000 bid for his services, ended months of speculation by signing a two year contract on Thursday.
Wilson said: “Jordan has got it in him to go all the way to the top of the game but he’s not the finished article and there’s still a lot of work for him to do.
“He’s got pace, power and an eye for goal so I’m really looking forward to working with him. I’m delighted that he’s going to be staying with us.”
United’s board rejected Fulham’s bid out of hand but The Star can reveal they were not the only team interested in acquiring the services of a player who has scored twice in eight appearances at senior level.
“Fulham were the ones who showed their hand,” a source confirmed. “But they weren’t the only possible option for Jordan.
“We were aware of at least two or three others who were also sniffing around.” That explains the reticence of Slew’s representative to initially accept the advice of colleagues such as Richard Cresswell and put pen to paper on a new deal.
Together with academy director John Pemberton, Wilson has consistently maintained that it would be a mistake for him to force through a move at this stage.
Slew is expected to feature in this evening’s friendly against Sliema Wanderers at Ta’Qali, Malta.
“There’s been a lot of pressure on Jordan lately and he’s probably had advice coming at him from all directions without the experience to fall back on,” added Wilson. “But we’ve always told him that it’s best for him to continue his career by playing for us rather than in the reserve or youth team of a Premiership club.”