Dom’s Blades chance as he impresses boss

Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Dominic Calvert-Lewin could be handed a first-team chance by manager Nigel Adkins, after catching the eye in Sheffield United’s friendly victory at Ilkeston on Saturday.

The youngster, born in Sheffield, scored the winner in the 85th minute as Adkins’ reign as Bramall Lane boss got off to a winning start.

And the Redtooth Academy graduate could get another chance to impress this evening when United travel south to face Cheltenham Town (7.45pm kick off).

“We gave the players 45 minutes each on Saturday, because that seems to be the traditional way of doing things from a fitness point of view,” Adkins said.

“We kept a clean sheet in both halves, which was pleasing, and could have scored a lot more.

“Dom impressed me; I like him and he scored a great goal. Che Adams also played really well and could have scored three or four, and the link-up play from Diego [De Girolamo] was great, too.

“But the positive was the clean sheet, in our first game against opposition. We’re pleased with that, but there is a lot to learn from and also a lot to look forward to.”

Calvert-Lewin signed a long-term deal last season, which ties him to Bramall Lane until 2018. He made two appearances for the first team last season, coming off the bench against Leyton Orient and Chesterfield.

Martyn Woolford, the former Millwall man who became Adkins’ first signing when he joined on a free transfer last week, didn’t play at Ilkeston but could be in line to make his Blades debut at Cheltenham.

“We worked with Martyn in training,” Adkins said, “and we thought the sensible thing would be not to rush him, and make sure he’s okay for Cheltenham.

“The last thing we want to do is risk players breaking down with injury. We have four or five players who still haven’t recovered from last season, so we’ve got to be mindful of that.”