Wilson calls on defender to believe

Talented: Blades ace Matthew Lowton
Talented: Blades ace Matthew Lowton
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IN-DEMAND Matthew Lowton has to start believing in himself more to fulfil his potential and reach the top of the game, says Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson.

The right-back starred in the Blades’ comprehensive 3-0 victory over Rochdale, producing a solid defensive performance while also offering a threat in the final third.

Both Cardiff City and Burnley are thought to be tracking the Chesterfield-born youngster and are mulling over whether to table a bid for the 22-year-old come the January transfer window.

At the club’s annual general meeting on Saturday, it was revealed United had snubbed a summer bid from an unnamed club, believed to be Swansea City, for Lowton, goalkeeper George Long and centre-back Harry Maguire.

Wilson has vowed to “fight tooth and nail” to keep Lowton at Bramall Lane. The defender has stated he is happy to stay at United and play an integral role in their bid to climb out of League One at the first time of asking.

Wilson said Lowton was a “handful” against Rochdale and was encouraged by his link up play with Lee Williamson on the right flank.

The United boss feels Lowton is one of the best full-backs in the division but added: “A lot of things have been said about Matty but if he wants the accolades he has got to come up to that standard every week. He has got to believe in what he has got in his locker.”