DAVE Kitson will enter this weekend’s crucial League One encounter with AFC Bournemouth playing the best football of his Sheffield United career, manager Danny Wilson has claimed.
Kitson heads to Goldsands Stadium in a rich vein of form after scoring for the ninth time since joining the South Yorkshire club seven months ago.
And Wilson, acknowledging the striker’s presence in United’s starting eleven, combined with Neill Collins’ return from injury, has contributed to United’s improved results, said: “Dave, I’ve got to say, has been superb since he came back from a little period on the sidelines.
“He works every so hard for the rest of the lads too and puts himself on the line. That makes him a real focal point.
“Dave is playing ever so well at the moment and, as far as we’re concerned, long may that continue.
“His attitude is superb and technically, he does things that show why people have paid so much money for him in the past.”
Wilson added: “Kitson and Collins are experienced players and when we have had them missing at certain times it hurt us badly.
“But we now have that experience and nous back in the team. They have been here before and know what it takes.
“The younger lads add no fear and youthful enthusiasm so hopefully we will have the right balance.”
Kitson, having arrived at Bramall Lane in August, saw his progress interrupted by a hamstring injury sustained during training at Shirecliffe.
Nevertheless, the former Reading and Stoke City marksman’s effort during Saturday’s victory over Colchester means he averages a goal every 2.1 games since returning to fitness 13 fixtures ago.
United, third in the table before last night’s round of fixtures, have conceded only three league goals following Collins’ recovery from a fractured cheekbone. However, with full-back Tony McMahon now a caution away from suspension, Wilson could soon be forced to break-up a defence bolstered by the arrival of Danny Higginbotham.
“We don’t tell anyone to change what they do at all,” Wilson said recently. “We don’t want people not going out there and playing anything other than their normal game.”