SHEFFIELD United’s youngsters have convinced coaching staff they possess the physical attributes required to cope with the demands of League One football.
Danny Wilson, the South Yorkshire club’s manager, delivered his assessment ahead of today’s visit to Carlisle where Gregg Abbott’s team are smarting from a miserable run of results which have seen them slip to eighteenth in the table.
Callum McFadzean, Joe Ironside and debutant Diego De Girolamo staked claims for places in the squad set to visit Brunton Park with impressive performances at Coventry City in midweek.
“They have proven to us that they can compete with the physicality,” Wilson said. “That is the biggest thing.
“If you can’t handle that, the rest of it will be put to one side because they won’t be able to have an impact on the game. That answered a few questions for us.
“They are going to make bad decisions because they are young lads. But we have no qualms over the physical side of the game.”
Despite losing Tuesdays’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against divisional rivals City, Wilson insisted there were still plenty of positives fourth placed United could take from the penalty shoot-out defeat.
“It was great the young kids came in and did so well. I was really pleased with them,” Wilson continued. “It was a bit of a Hobson’s choice. We want to keep the run going but it is very difficult to play 60 games at maximum power and get the standard that we expect.
“It is impossible. They would be absolutely jiggered and I had to make a decision.
“It was brilliant the kids came in and put a nice marker down for us.”
Wilson added: ““It gives them all a boost. If you saw the training session the boys who were involved in the Coventry match have grown six inches! It has given them a massive dose of confidence.”