David Weir, the Sheffield United manager, has denied that stopping Nahki Wells holds the key to victory over Bradford City tomorrow, writes James Shield.
Wells, the Bermudan centre-forward, will become the first City player to score in eight straight matches if he nets against the visitors from Bramall Lane.
Several Championship and top-flight clubs are reportedly monitoring the 23-year-old following his exploits en route to the Capital One Cup final last term.
But Weir said: “He’s a good player but one player doesn’t make a team. And he’s not the only good player they’ve got there either.
“Bradford did ever so well last season and got promoted which I’m sure was their aim. Doing that also bust a few myths about runs in the cup affecting your league campaign.”
United make the short journey to Valley Parade without any fresh injury concerns after emerging from last weekend’s game against Colchester unscathed.
The squad which drew 1-1 with Joe Dunne’s side boasted an average age of just 23.5. But, despite insisting that figure “bodes well for the future,” Weir refused to overlook to contribution of his senior players.
“The likes of Michael Doyle and Neill Collins have been fantastic,” he said. “We are trying to do something different and they’ve taken to it really well.
“It was important for us, given the fact they’re important characters, that they bought into that and they have. Their consistency, day in and day out, sets a fine example.”
Although Weir expects United to be at near full-strength - Shaun Miller and Diego de Girolamo are long-term absentees - striker James Hanson is a major doubt for City after fracturing his hand.