No qualms over role for Walker

SHEFFIELD United will have no qualms about pitching Kyle Walker into the heat of a promotion battle, Bramall Lane coach Gary Speed has insisted, after revealing the youngster was hand-picked for last weekend's visit of Swansea City because of his power, pace and athleticism.

Walker celebrated his first league start for Kevin Blackwell's side by delivering a performance laced with poise and maturity as he successfully nullified the threat posed by Nathan Dyer during Saturday's victory which saw United move to within a point of second place with just one game left to play.

With Leigh Bromby and Sun Jihai – two vastly experienced professionals – both available for selection, the decision to ask Walker, who despite impressing coaching staff this season remains relatively untested, to start at full-back, raised eyebrows before kick-off.

 

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