Sheffield United: Boss hopes to sharpen Blades’ cutting edge
They learnt perhaps the toughest of all at Bradford City three days ago when Nahki Wells, the West Yorkshire club’s coveted centre-forward, demonstrated the value of clinical finishing in devastating style.
After watching his own players, Jamie Murphy and Joe Ironside included, spurn glorious opportunities during a predictably hard-fought derby, Weir witnessed Wells convert two out of three.
Little wonder the former Scotland international, whose team return to action when MK Dons visit Bramall Lane this weekend, conceded United’s training sessions during the build-up to that contest will focus on coaxing more out of their attack.
“We’ve got to be more clinical, of course we have,” Weir said. “Both in terms of creating chances and taking them.
“We’ve got to be more incisive, ruthless if you like, in an around the opposition box.
“So that’s something we’ve got to work hard on. An area where we are looking to improve.
“We are capable of doing it, taking chances better, without a shadow of a doubt. We just have to become more consistent.”
Despite the gloom and doom emanating from some quarters, United were not swept aside by City. Their performance was neither turgid or inept.
But what the 2-0 scoreline did highlight was the value of a ruthless goalscorer.
Lyle Taylor, a £250,000 summer signing from Falkirk, should prove a shrewd acquisition when he becomes completely accustomed to his new surroundings.
In the meantime, though, United’s decision to consider their options in the transfer market represents an acknowledgment that the youngster would benefit from some support.
“Nahki is a top player and his two goals were ultimately what settled the contest,” Weir said. “In what was a very tight game.
“We didn’t take our chances that came as the first-half progressed, then Bradford found that special moment to break the deadlock.
“That made it more difficult for us and enabled Bradford to defend their lead. That extra bit of quality up front consigned us to a disappointing defeat.”
“The bottom line is we’re disappointed to lose,” Weir added. “I’m not looking for excuses because we must work hard.
“We have to become more consistent in our play and also be more threatening in the final third.”
Meanwhile, United’s first team squad will hold an open training session for members and season tickets holders at Bramall Lane tomorrow. (11.15am).