DANNY Wilson last night warned that Michael Doyle’s return from suspension will inject extra venom into his Sheffield United team.
Doyle, the United captain, is poised to return to action against Notts County today after completing a three-match suspension.
Asked to assess the 31-year-old’s influence, Wilson replied: “He’ll rollock anybody. It doesn’t matter who they are.
“If Doyler thinks they aren’t doing their job then he’ll have a go at them. As a manager, when you can’t physically go out there on the pitch, that’s exactly what you want.”
Doyle’s notoriously uncompromising approach was rewarded with a new contract earlier this month, and the former Republic of Ireland international’s no-holds-barred style has also proved the perfect foil for Kevin McDonald’s more cultured talents.
After praising David McAllister’s contribution in Doyle’s absence - “We know we can rely on him” - Wilson acknowledged: “Everyone knows they’ve got a great partnership. They know each other’s game inside out.
“Michael is a leader. Like (defender) Neill Collins, he’s a leader of men.
“Doyler is so tenacious and good players are always missed.”
Despite his glowing tribute, Wilson refused to confirm whether Doyle will start against opponents who are second in the table after winning five of their opening eight matches.
United, who are sixth, can also recall winger Ryan Flynn, but Wilson said: “The main selection issue we’ve got is that two quality players are now available. What their roles will be, we’ll just have to wait and see.
“Every single game you have poses a different problem and when everyone is okay we’ll always go with the people we believe can solve it best.”
Wilson must decide whether to keep faith with Dave Kitson and Nick Blackman in attack or hand Paul Gallagher a more central role to accommodate Flynn.
Richard Cresswell also started last weekend’s victory at Yeovil Town; a result which preserved United’s unbeaten record in the competition this term.