Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins is ready to take a huge gamble by refusing to postpone next weekend’s League One fixture with Colchester despite seeing his squad ravaged by international call-ups, writes James Shield.
David Edgar, Che Adams, Callum McFadzean and Louis Reed will all miss the contest at Bramall Lane after being selected to represent their respective countries.
Although regulations would permit United’s hierarchy to request an adjournment, Adkins told The Star: “If we can play that game then we will. We’ve got a few more days to think about it but, if it’s possible (to play) then we’ll do it rather than call the game off.
“I don’t like doing that. I prefer playing games. We’ll discuss things more and see. Ideally, though, we’ll be playing.”
Adkins’ final decision is likely to be swayed by United’s manoeuvres in the transfer market before Tuesday’s deadline for permanent signings. However, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Swindon Town, he insisted there are “no plans” in place to part company with any existing members of his team,
“This is why we have a squad,” Adkins added. “It’s there to be used and it should be used.
“Everybody in a squad is capable of representing the football club. That’s why they are here and that’s why we employ one but we’ll take a view on it (the game) soon.”