Blades are urged to sharpen their cutting edge

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SHEFFIELD United must develop a ruthless streak to prosper in League One, manager Danny Wilson has told his players.

With a poor record in front of goal contributing to last season’s relegation from the Championship – the South Yorkshire club averaged less than one per game – Wilson will urge his defenders and midfielders to contribute in the final third when they return to training later this week.

“Fans will always like attacking, exciting players,” he said. “They’ll always want someone who can bag in 30 goals a season and, believe me, managers are no different.

“But I don’t just want us to rely on the strikers or the rest our forwards to do that. Everyone needs to try and chip in if they possibly can.

“The more your can spread them (goals) around the better. The more threats you can get across the pitch the harder it is for other teams to combat them.

“And we don’t want to be easy to combat. That goes without saying.” With the futures of Ched Evans and Darius Henderson shrouded in doubt and teenager Jordan Slew yet to sign a new deal, Wilson could be forced to draft-in attacking reinforcements before August’s visit to Oldham Athletic.

Reports linking him with a move for Leeds’ Billy Paynter have been rebuffed - “I’ve not made an enquiry for him. There hasn’t been one” - but with a caveat: “We’re always interested in good players.”

Henderson in particular seems certain to depart despite insisting he will not ask for a transfer.

Meanwhile, United have unveiled details of packages for fans wishing to join them on tour in Malta next month.

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