SHEFFIELD United have been told they must blend substance and style in order to claw themselves out of League One.
The warning, issued by Danny Wilson, comes as Bramall Lane braces itself for a busy summer of wheeling and dealing in the transfer market after being relegated from the Championship last term.
Wilson, who was unveiled as Micky Adams’ successor 11 days ago, was tasked with the responsibility of shedding United’s long-ball image after beating Mark Robins and Keith Hill to the post.
Although the former Northern Ireland international has pledged to foster a creative atmosphere at Bramall Lane, he conceded United must also be prepared to show their teeth in what he recently described as “a physically uncompromising division”.
“I want to play good football but effective football,” Wilson, who held a further round of talks with Jordan Slew’s agent yesterday, said. “I want us to be enjoyable to watch but we’ve also got to be pragmatic.
“It’s definitely possible to have success at this level by playing what I believe is the right way because we’ve seen teams do it recently.
“But we’ve got to be able to mix things up, get the blend right.”
Slew has been earmarked for a prominent role in Wilson’s overhaul of the first-team squad he inherited from Adams. However, the teenager’s future was cast into doubt when Fulham, who later had a £500,000 bid rejected by United’s board of directors, expressed an interest in acquiring his services.
Recent events at Craven Cottage mean capturing Slew is no longer a priority for the Premiership club but United are still keen for him to sign the contract he agreed towards the end of last season.
Meanwhile, United, who are poised to unveil their full list of pre-season fixtures, begin their preparations at Sheffield FC on Saturday July 9. (kick-off 3pm).