Blades seek fifth recruit

Settling in: Michael Doyle
Settling in: Michael Doyle
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AFTER a fourth signing, Michael Doyle, began the settling in process at Bramall Lane, a fifth one for manager Micky Adams and Sheffield United can’t be ruled out ahead of their next game.

For the new Blades boss, the search continues for additional experience to bolster his squad before they meet Sven Goran Eriksson’s Leicester City at the Lane next Tuesday.

Doyle, 29, and much-travelled Marcus Bent, fit into the categories of knowhow and experience, qualities that Adams will want when he considers further defensive reinforcements.

Shane Lowry and Joe Mattock, two other recent Adams captures, are both young players whilst Elian Parrino and Kyle Bartley completed a back four against Norwich last Saturday that doesn’t have a great deal of Championship experience to call on.

So, with United having no game on this FA Cup weekend and the transfer window closing on Monday, Adams will be working away on his next target unburdened by having to work towards preparation for a game on Saturday.

Adams will certainly be hoping that Norwich do as well this Saturday as at the Lane five days ago - they are at Crystal Palace and a win for the Londoners would see them leapfrog United who would thus drop into the bottom three.

A draw or a Palace defeat sees them stay below the Blades. Meanwhile, the bottom two, Scunthorpe and Preston, meet at Glanford Park.

Like United, next Tuesday’s opponents Leicester have no game on Saturday but will have a new signing available.

Patrick van Aanholt, 20, who is kept out of the Chelsea side by Ashley Cole, has joined on loan and is expected to be in the Foxes line up.

A Holland U21 international, he joined Chelsea from PSV Eindhoven in 2007 and has made eight first-team appearances including four in the Champions League this season. He was on loan at Coventry and Newcastle last season.