DANNY Wilson has acknowledged that Sheffield United’s fringe players can decide if the club succeed this season – whether they are in the team or not.
Challenging those on the periphery of his squad to force themselves into the starting 11, the United manager admitted that dressing room morale will exert huge influence over Bramall Lane’s promotion bid.
Wilson said: “It’s true what they say about a side only being as good as those who aren’t actually in it at any given time.
“If you’ve got people pulling in different directions behind the scenes then it can make things very difficult.
“On the other hand, if everyone is trying to help each other out and is trying to have a positive influence then it only strengthens what you are trying to do.”
United return to League One action when they host Notts County today. The match, which is being broadcast live on Sky (2.15pm.)
Wilson added: “I’m always pleased when people aren’t happy that they’re not in the team.
“That’s a good thing to see because it shows they’ve got the right attitude and the right hunger.
“So I don’t mind that one little bit so long as they’re still committed to what the group are trying to do.
“Fortunately the lads here have all shown themselves to have exactly the right approach.”
United will be without suspended midfielder Lee Williamson for the visit of Martin Allen’s side. Ryan Flynn, a summer signing from Falkirk, appears likely to step into the breach after impressing off the bench in recent weeks.
“It opens the door for someone else,” said Wilson. “It’s up to them to come in and keep the shirt because, as everyone here knows, we don’t have favourites.
“There will always be opportunities for people without a shadow of a doubt.”
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