Substitute sparkle puts Ryan in with the Flynn crowd

All smiles: Flynn looks set to fulfil his potential
All smiles: Flynn looks set to fulfil his potential
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RYAN Flynn could be on the verge of breaking into Sheffield United’s first-choice 11, according to manager Danny Wilson.

The winger has primarily been used as a substitute since arriving at Bramall Lane from Falkirk during the close season.

But speaking ahead of Saturday’s visit to Chesterfield, Wilson admitted Flynn has enhanced his claims for a starting berth with a series of influential cameos, including last weekend’s impressive display against Carlisle.

“I think Ryan feels settled here now,” Wilson told The Star. “It was a big move for him in terms of the environment he’s come to and, dare I say it, the expectation levels of the club he’s now at.

“We’ve never had any doubt that he’s got the technique to be a real success – it’s excellent in fact – and we’re starting to see that.

“Ryan has got a good turn of pace and he can also use both feet equally well, which is something you rarely see in this division - or, to be honest, in football in general these days.”

Despite being only 22 years old when he joined United, Flynn possess an excellent pedigree with two FA Youth Cup winners medals for Liverpool, European experience and an SPL Young Player of the Month award on his CV.

Those qualities were in evidence when he stepped off the bench to win a penalty – subsequently missed by Richard Cresswell – during the 1-0 victory over Greg Abbott’s side.

That result ensured United will travel to the B2Net Stadium fifth in the League One table.

Their opponents are four points adrift of safety at the bottom after losing 5-2 at Oldham Athletic.

With Matt Phillips and Billy Clarke back at Blackpool following productive loans with United, Wilson challenged Flynn to view their departure as a window of opportunity.

“Ryan hasn’t only caught the eye when he’s come on, he’s worked very hard behind the scenes too,” said Wilson.

“He’s progressing how we always suspected he would.”