Jamal Campbell-Ryce is convinced Sheffield United can win promotion this season.
But the former Jamaica international, who has represented 11 different clubs during his professional career, acknowledges that Nigel Adkins’ squad must “do the nasty side of the game better” in order to fulfil its potential.
“I am completely convinced that I have never been in a squad which has so much ability, so much to give,” he said. “It’s not going to be easy, we all know that. Looking at teams I have played for, looking at friends who have played at other clubs, I know the players we have here is a promotion-winning side. I say that without a shadow of a doubt. I have no doubt we will be there at the end of the season.”
United, sixth in the League One table after 15 games, visit Crewe Alexandra this weekend having heard co-chairman Jim Phipps claim “the board, the management, the players, and the fans need to step it up” to secure a top two finish.
Campbell-Ryce revealed Adkins was “upset” following last weekend’s defeat by Millwall but insisted: “We need to tidy up on things which aren’t going right, but once we do that we will be absolutely flying. We can’t just roll up to games and think we can do this, we have got to earn the right to play. But once we run over teams first, earn the right to play the football we want to, we can do it without a shadow of a doubt.”