David Weir made his name as a no-nonsense centre half but former Blades winger Peter Beagrie has warned Sheffield United fans not to necessarily expect a side carved in that same image.
While many would expect Weir to build a side starting at the back, tv pundit Beagrie, who made almost 100 league appearances at Bramall Lane, insists that might not be the case.
“Although David was a strong, centre half, I don’t think it always goes hand-in-hand that his type go for a strong solid side,” he said.
“They like the sort of player that would have embarrassed them in their playing days, they will like their teams to entertain.
“It’s a tough job, and they are very passionate supporters at Bramall Lane - I had two seasons there and loved every minute of it.
“They love people who get hold of the ball, take people on and there’s a lack of that. Callum McFadzean and Jamie Murphy showed a bit of it in the play-offs but they struggled for goals.”
Beagrie is adamant that a fast start to the season, including success in their Capital One Cup first round clash with Burton Albion, will prove vital to a successful campaign.
“The budget is going to be slashed compared to last year, it’s not going to be a top six budget, I would have thought, with the teams that are in there,” he added.
“But Sheffield United still have a massive pull, and it is a massive pull, but no one has a given right to be in a higher division, you are where you are as a direct consequence of not producing and not performing.”
Peter Beagrie was speaking on behalf of credit card company Capital One who are sponsors of the Football League Cup.