NEILL Collins has insisted Sheffield United remain on course to confirm their billing as League One heavyweights despite drawing five of their opening seven games.
Collins, speaking ahead of this weekend’s visit to Yeovil Town, admitted there is “plenty more to come” from Danny Wilson’s team following Tuesday’s stalemate with Doncaster Rovers.
The Scottish defender, who emerged as a key figure in the team which reached the play-off final last term, said: “If you look back a year ago, I don’t think we really got going until November or December and hopefully we can do that a little bit quicker now.
“People have got to remember that we’ve lost four very good players since then in Matty Lowton, Stephen Quinn, Ched Evans and Lee Williamson. That’s a lot of goals and creativity and at that’s always going to be difficult to replace.
“We’re in a bigger period of transition now than we were at the same stage a year ago. But if we can start turning some of these draws into victories, which we definitely can do, then we’ll be right up there at the top.”
Collins added: “We’ve got a lot of strength in depth here now and that’s a real positive. There are some great options in attack.
“Dave Kitson, when he gets properly fit, is going to be a real proposition. Everyone can see that.”
Wilson also tipped the former Reading and Portsmouth striker for big things after paying tribute to his performance as a second-half substitute against Rovers.
Collins said: “The way they (Doncaster) played made it very hard for them to keep up over 90 minutes.
“They tired and we came on top. They had lots of good possession to start we but so did we.
“They’ll say they deserved a point because of the way they defended and I reckon we deserved a win.
“One more bit of quality and I think we’d have got it.”