Jamal backs Blades boss

Nigel Adkins and Jamal Campbell-Ryce
Nigel Adkins and Jamal Campbell-Ryce

Jamal Campbell-Ryce has backed boss Nigel Adkins to utilise Sheffield United’s squad in order to mount a promotion push in League One this season.

Adkins’ United travel to Crewe this weekend sixth in the standings, five points behind second-placed Walsall following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Millwall.

And Campbell-Ryce, who insists United’s squad is one of the most talented he has worked with in his 11-club professional career, said: “Everyone here knows what kind of player I am and what I can offer. Get me the ball and, if I’m on it, I can be a pest.

“I want to get at players and create chances. I did that against Millwall, and hope to continue to do it if I stay in the team and work hard.

“That, of course, is a big challenge; but the manager is paid to make those decisions and pick the team he thinks is the strongest and has the best chance of getting a result.

“He’s more than capable of doing that, as he’s shown before with his promotion record [two each with Scunthorpe and Southampton] and he has a great squad to choose from, too.

“So hopefully, I’m in it. If not, then that’s disappointing but there’s disappointment for a lot of other players, too. It’s about working hard and taking the opportunity when it comes.”

United’s U18s progressed to the second round of the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday, as they overcame Bradford City on penalties after the game had finished 0-0 in normal and extra time.