DANNY Wilson last night insisted that Dave Kitson possesses the “hunger” and “desire” to help Sheffield United regain their Championship status.
Kitson, the former Portsmouth striker, has signed a short-term deal with Wilson’s side after severing his ties with Fratton Park.
Some observers have claimed the 32-year-old, having spent much of his career in the top flight, will lack the stomach for a League One promotion battle.
But United boss Wilson has assessed Kitson in training this week and said: “Dave’s still got that hunger. He’s still got that desire.
“Dave is adamant that there’s still a lot left inside of him and I think that as well.
“He’s an excellent target man and also has ability when it comes to link-up play.
“Dave should suit us and we should suit Dave.
“He’s watched us on quite a few occasions and I know he thinks that too.”
Although Wilson hinted Kitson is unlikely to start tomorrow’s fixture at Scunthorpe, he added: “We’ve got some young lads among our attacking options and Dave’s experience will be great to have around both on the pitch and in the dressing room.”
United travel to Glanford Park fifth in the table and still unbeaten in the league this season.
Their opponents, by contrast, are bottom, having lost all of their four outings so far.
However, Alan Knill’s side did begin
the campaign by knocking Derby County out of the Capital One Cup.
Wilson, who will again be without injured centre-forward Chris Porter, said: “Make no mistake, this is a dangerous game and Scunthorpe are dangerous opponents.”
United will assess their options in the emergency loan market after returning from North Lincolnshire.
Wilson yesterday confirmed what The Star revealed earlier this week, that Everton winger Magaye Gueye had been identified as a target before last month’s transfer deadline but was “unavailable.”
ty’s Ben Davies is also known to count United among his admirers while Hull City’s Jamie Devitt was considered as a makeweight in the deal which took Stephen Quinn to the KC Stadium.
Although Wilson admitted “wide areas” are his priority at present, he acknowledged that could change.
“We’ll see what transpires and what we need,” he said.
“Priorities can change.
“We’ll get this weekend out of the way first and hopefully we’ll come through without any knocks or injuries.
“Wide areas, possibly down the right, are probably top of the list at the moment but we might need something else.”