Sheffield United stars fight to play

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IT may give him a few selection headaches, but Danny Wilson is delighted that competition for places continues to hot up at Sheffield United.

The news that Nick Montgomery is close to being available again will add an additional poser for the Blades boss, coming on top of competition that has developed in several departments of the team.

It is just what Wilson pointed out he was hoping for when he began the task reviving the Blades after the drop to League One.

“I want competition for places, players challenging each other to get into the team,” said the Blades boss. “I’m delighted if we have that all over the place; then it’s my job to deal with it.”

Montgomery’s recovery from an ankle injury suffered three weeks ago has come along nicely and he will be assessed this week as to possible availability for the club’s first-ever trip to Wycombe.

Whenever ready, he finds the centre defence roles occupied by Michael Doyle and Kevin McDonald who boosted his prospects with his display after going on at half-time against Huddersfield which earned him a start against Colchester.

Up front, Ched Evans is back into the frame and got back in the side with Richard Cresswell the one stepping aside last Saturday whilst Ryan Flynn and loan man Nathaniel Mendez-Laing will challenge for a role out wide although Lee Williamson - who began centrally against Huddersfield before being taken off at half-time - got the nod on the right against Colchester.

And Wilson now finds himself with a two-for-one choice at left back after bringing in Marcus Williams on loan after Lecsinel Jean-Francois earned himself a suspension.

Wilson pointed out only last week that his squad was “a little short” in terms of numbers, subsequently adding Williams, so is pleased that players in several positions are being challenged for their place.