DANNY Wilson last night declared his intention to build a squad at Bramall Lane which reflects Sheffield United’s heavyweight status.
Although Ched Evans’ return to form, coupled with the success of Matt Phillips and Billy Clarke, means the South Yorkshire club is blessed with options in attack, concerns persist about the depth of talent at Wilson’s disposal in other key areas of the team.
Teenager George Long is set to continue in goal against Exeter City tomorrow after replacing Steve Simonsen for the midweek victory over MK Dons while the United manager is also believed to be keen on signing cover at centre-half.
Having taken charge when Micky Adams failed to prevent United from sliding into League One earlier this year, Wilson insists he understands the restraints being placed upon his budget. But, explaining why Evans has been named on the bench for the previous three games despite scoring four times in five starts, he said: “We keep hearing talk about Sheffield United being a big club and so we need a squad capable of justifying that tag.
“We could only leave someone like Ched out if we have the quality to replace him and we have.
“Playing three or four centre-forwards is not possible so someone has to miss-out.
“But you can never have enough strikers and I’d happily bring in another three or four but I’m not so sure the owner would like that.”
Having warned costs must be cut behind the scenes immediately after relegation, plc chairman Kevin McCabe has nevertheless released the funding required to sign midfielder Kevin McDonald and loanees Marcus Williams, Phillips and Clarke.
The Blackpool duo have impressed since crossing the Pennines but having expressed a desire to retain both - “The best time to ask is when they play c**p” - Wilson admitted results at Bloomfield Road will dictate whether their one month deals are extended.
“I still think Matty and Billy lack a bit of match fitness and they’ll get better and better with games,” he said. “We can offer them that but it’s up to Blackpool.”
Although Wilson, whose side are fourth in the League One table, used yesterday’s media briefing to lavish praise on Long, he admitted United are also scouring the market for another goalkeeper.
“We’re always looking but it’s whether we can carry three goalies with regards to the finances,” Wilson said.
“And then what impact it might have on other positions that might need strengthening.”