Marc McNulty can become the most dangerous centre-forward in the division providing he improves his work ethic, writes James Shield.
That is the verdict of Sheffield United’s first team coach Andy Garner after describing the Scot’s performance as “scary” during Tuesday’s Capital One Cup success over Southampton.
McNulty scored the only goal of the game as Nigel Clough’s side reached the semi-finals of a major domestic knockout competition for the second time in as many seasons and Garner told The Star: “What he has to do is look at the Southampton video to see how hard he worked. Marc has now set the standard and must maintain that.
“We are not expecting anything less.
“We have been telling him, week-in, week-out, there’s a little bit more to come. Against Southampton he was outstanding and to cause the two centre-halves as much trouble as he did on his own was scary.
“That’s the hardest he has ever worked while he has been at this club, and with that, it’s the best he’s played.”
“It’s his all-round game too where he can improve,” Garner added. “Sometimes he can be a little bit lazy, in terms of running the channels, and I don’t know if he will mind me saying that or not.
“But if Marc can make those runs, like he did against Southampton, then absolutely super.”
Clough monitored McNulty, previously of Livingston, during his spell in charge of Derby County before signing the 22-year-old when he left Almondvale Stadium last summer.
A former Celtic and Hibernian trainee, McNulty has scored eight times in only nine starts since arriving at Bramall Lane seven months ago.
Speaking ahead of today’s League One fixture against Walsall, Garner said: “We had Marc before at Derby and I remember when he came for his first training session here. We had a little game, a little trial, and he must have scored 20 goals.
“That’s him all over. He knows where the net is and is a very good finisher.
“It’s because we rate Marc that we’re so honest with him about what he’s got to do.
“The gaffer is massive on being honest with players. We check all the records.
“If someone only tells you things that you want to hear then you are never going to improve or learn are you?”