DANNY Wilson insisted Sheffield United’s new-look strike-force can bring the glory days back to Bramall Lane despite seeing his team eliminated from the Capital One Cup at the first round stage.
Wilson struck a disappointed but defiant note after Burton Albion booked their place in the second round draw on penalties with the score tied 2-2 after extra-time.
But with Nick Blackman marking his debut with a goal, Wilson warned United will boast a fearsome cutting edge when fellow new signing John Cofie returns from injury.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s League One curtain-raiser against Shrewsbury Town, Wilson said: “We’ll have blistering pace up front.
“Nick is very fast and we all know how quick John is. When he’s back from injury, which he will be for the next one, then we’ll have an absolute abundance of it.
“It’s great that Nick got a goal on his debut because it will do his confidence the world of good.
“The last thing you want with strikers is for them to be waiting ages to get off the mark.
“Nick can be a real crowd favourite here. You heard how they responded to certain things he was doing.
“People will appreciate what he brings to the table.”
Wilson used his programme notes to predict that “things may well happen in the transfer market” before the end of the window with Nick Montgomery and Richard Cresswell both notable absentees from the squad beaten by Albion.
Huddersfield Town, who are expected to challenge Leeds, Blackpool, Burnley and Millwall for Montgomery’s services, dispatched a representative to Bramall Lane in case the midfielder was selected.
Scunthorpe expressed an interest in Cresswell earlier this month while Notts County and an unidentified Championship club are also known to be monitoring his situation closely.
Wilson, who named Tony McMahon and Shaun Miller in his starting 11, said: “I’m not happy at all because we wanted to go through but, at the same time, I’m not going to be too harsh on the lads either.
“We had a lot of new faces - Tony, Shaun and Nick - out there so it’s always going to take a while to bed everyone in.
“I’m not worried but the fact that, given the possession we had we didn’t create enough chances, was a concern if you like.
“But one game on its own, especially at the start, will not have a bearing on our whole season.”