Blackwell hopeful about stars
Kevin Blackwell is hopeful that Sheffield United can keep hold of their players this transfer window.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 09/01/09 6:59pm
Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell is hopeful that the club can keep hold of their star players during the transfer window.
James Beattie, Stephen Quinn and transfer-listed Paddy Kenny have been linked with a move away from the club, but Blackwell told skysports.com that the Blades are under no pressure to sell.
However, he understands that the transfer window can unleash some surprises.
"Unfortunately you never know what is going to be around the corner and the transfer window is an open market for everybody, but I'm hopeful that we can keep everybody at the club. We will see," he said.
The Blades have completed their first bit of business by turning Brian Howard's loan deal into a permanent transfer from local rivals Barnsley.
Blackwell hopes that now the move is finalised, the former Swindon midfielder can raise his game as the Blades look to cement their place in the play-off positions.
"He's a Sheffield United player now and we are delighted with that and hopefully he can go on now and produce the goods that we know he is capable of," said the Blades boss.
Youngster Kyle Walker recently returned from his loan spell with League One side Northampton and Blackwell hasn't ruled out the chance for the player to return to the Cobblers on a similar loan deal.
"We are going to let him train with the first-team for a little while now and see how he goes on, but he is doing very well and we are very pleased with his development," said Blackwell.
"It has been a very good loan spell for him at Northampton and I might even consider re-loaning him back to them."
The Blades face strugglers Norwich City on Saturday, which gives them the chance to gain revenge for the 1-0 defeat they suffered at Carrow Road earlier this season.
"They are a good side Norwich and I don't think they deserve to be where they are in the table, but we will respect that and will be looking for revenge after that late, late goal cost us a point at Norwich," said Blackwell.