SHEFFIELD UNITED: Teen ace Callum McFadzean backed to blossom at Lane

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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, last night claimed Callum McFadzean will reap the benefits of his Capital One Cup cameo throughout the rest of the campaign.

McFadzean became the latest graduate of United’s academy programme to make the transition from Shirecliffe to senior football at Bramall Lane when he appeared as a second-half substitute during Saturday’s first round tie with Burton Albion.

Although the 18-year-old’s debut ended in disappointment when United were knocked-out 5-4 on penalties, Wilson said: “We gave Callum a little taste of what it’s like and he’ll be all the better for that.

“He knows what it feels like to be involved, in a match situation, with the rest of the lads now.”

McFadzean became the 11th homegrown player since the start of the 2010/11 season to appear in United’s first team with the likes of Elliott Whitehouse and Joe Ironside also expected to challenge for places over the coming months. With such an array of promising young talent at his disposal, Wilson’s decision to name only five of the permitted seven substitutes against Albion raised eyebrows in some quarters.

Although several observers interpreted it as a thinly disguised message to United’s board that his squad needs strengthening in key areas, Wilson insisted it was nothing of the sort, adding: “We had all the areas covered on the bench.

“We weren’t left short. The lads who could have stepped in weren’t fit.”

Meanwhile, Chris Morgan and Keith Edwards will hold ‘An Evening with’ at Firth Park WMC on Thursday 13 September. Tickets, priced £10, are available on the door.