By Tony Leighton
Two goals in his first three games for new club Sheffield United suggest that striker Nick Blackman could be one of the signings of the season after arriving at Bramall Lane from npower Championship side Blackburn Rovers.
"I'm really pleased with how things have gone so far," said the 22-year-old former Macclesfield Town player, after his late equaliser had earned the Blades a 1-1 draw in their League 1 game at Coventry City on Tuesday evening.
"I'm leading the line for a massive club," he added, "and hopefully I can keep the shirt and keep scoring goals. Blackburn are a great club and I wish them well, but I'm a Sheffield United striker now and I want to do the business for them."
During his three and a half years at Ewood Park, Blackman had made only a handful of appearances for Rovers, who were relegated from the Premier League last term, and got more game time during loan spells at Blackpool, Oldham Athletic, Motherwell and Aberdeen than with his parent club.
"Sometimes at clubs," said United manager Danny Wilson, "players don't get the opportunities and it may be better to move away. I think that was the case with Nick.
"We felt we could put him in a position where he could fulfil his potential. The boy's a good player - he's a big strong lad with fantastic confidence in himself and his ability and he seems to be finding his feet very quickly."
Blackman is not only finding his feet very quickly but also rapidly becoming highly confident that the Blades can this season make up for their Play-Offs heartbreak of last term, going down in a Wembley final penalty shoot-out to Huddersfield Town.
They have taken four points from their first two games and the striker said: "I want to help Sheffield United get back to where they belong.
"There are some really good lads here and we've already shown what we can do as a team, now all of us are going to keep working really hard.
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