The down-to-earth strike ace who has United flying high

On target: Richard Cresswell has enjoyed a fine start to the season with Sheffield United with five goals already.

On target: Richard Cresswell has enjoyed a fine start to the season with Sheffield United with five goals already.

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RICHARD Cresswell, the Sheffield United striker, is a making a big impression both on and off the pitch according to manager Danny Wilson.

The former Leeds and Stoke City centre-forward travelled to Yeovil last night searching for his fifth goal of the season after making a flying start to the new campaign.

Having spent much of his career at Bramall Lane deployed along the flanks, Wilson restored Cresswell to his preferred central role immediately after taking charge in May.

The 33-year-old has responded with a series of clinical finishes and emerged as a driving force behind United’s climb to third in the embryonic League One table.

Cresswell’s latest effort came against Everton in midweek and Wilson said: “Cressy has been scoring the type of goals you always want your strikers to get. He’s a clever player and he finds good positions.

“If he can keep doing that then, being the player he is, the percentages tell you that he’s going to get more than his fair share. “So, it’s up to us to ensure that he keeps getting the right service.

Wilson first spotted Cresswell’s potential when he signed him for Sheffield Wednesday from York 12 years ago, the costliest transfer (at £950,000) in the country to go through on that transfer deadline day.

“Cressy’s a great person to have around the dressing room,” he said. “A very down-to-earth guy, a well-rounded individual with a very professional attitude, a big influence in there with everyone.”

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