SHEFFIELD United are bracing themselves for a flurry of interest in their senior stars as clubs look to cherry-pick Micky Adams’ most sought-after talent.
A small army of scouts watched United beaten 3-1 by Preston North End on Saturday with more expected to attend this weekend’s visit of Bristol City.
Despite failing to score since his return from serious injury, striker Darius Henderson is being tracked by several of United’s Championship rivals, with Nick Montgomery, Stephen Quinn and Ched Evans also being monitored.
As The Star reported last month, Leeds continue to follow Montgomery’s progress despite failing in a bid to sign him on the eve of the present campaign. Simon Grayson, Adams’ counterpart at Elland Road, could be tempted to resurrect his interest when the season draws to a close. Both Quinn and Evans also boast a number of admirers.
Despite their impending relegation to League One - United are eight points adrift of safety at the foot of the table with only four matches left to play - Adams rejects suggestions that his squad have given up the ghost in the battle for survival.
Indeed, Quinn appeared close to tears following the final whistle at Deepdale.
“The lad felt he should have had a penalty,” said Adams. “I didn’t see him come off but that doesn’t sound like someone who isn’t bothered, does it?
“I can’t fault their commitment.”
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace centre-forward James Vaughan is in danger of missing Friday’s crucial showdown with Doncaster Rovers through injury. Vaughan, who suffered a suspected broken hand after punching a wall in frustration following Palace’s home defeat by Scunthorpe, is receiving treatment for an ankle problem.
“He’s having a scan,” manager Dougie Freedman said.