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Exclusive: Dean Ashton talks Gary Madine’s influence at Sheffield United

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Sheffield United are flying along at the moment and it looks pretty certain that they’ll challenge for the top two until May now.

The Blades have been excellent and in signing Gary Madine, Chris Wilder appears to have pulled off another coup for the club.

That said, then, we caught up with former Premier League striker and EFL on Quest pundit Dean Ashton to discuss the influence Madine has had this season on the Blades.

He told us exclusively…

“He has been brought in and he is very different to what they have.

“He gives them way more physicality for when they clear the ball as he can hold it up and win the headers.

“He was superb against Norwich in that sense and he’ll be rotated because that is what Chris Wilder likes to do.

“If he can start adding more goals to his game to the end of the season that’s great. But he wasn’t signed to be a goal machine or a natural finisher he was brought in because he’s totally different to what they’ve got.

“He’s the sort of player that Chris Wilder likes to work with too where they’re not having a great time, he feels if he can bring him in, build their confidence and utilise him for what he’s got then that’s why he’s been signed.”

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