Greek hero aiming to make mark at Blades

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Sheffield United are giving a trial to Euro 2004 winning captain Angelos Charisteas.

The 32-year-old Greece striker, who netted the only goal in the 2004 final in a 1-0 win over Portugal, is being put through his paces at the Blades.

He featured for United’s Under-21 side this week as Wilson searches the market to bolster his League One promotion hopefuls.

Capped 88 times by his country, he is now a free agent after a career which has seen him play at several European clubs, including Ajax and Werder Bremen, before leaving Greek club Panetolikos last year.

“We were asked if we would take Angelos, we are fully aware of his background and pedigree, but also we know he hasn’t played for a while,” said Wilson.

“Of course we want to see what he is capable of and whether or not he is an improvement on what we already have at our disposal.

“It isn’t likely he would compete with say Dave (Kitson) at this stage so we need to balance all the options available to us and most importantly any addition must improve the squad.”

One new arrival at the Lane who Wilson does have high hopes for is Scotland international Barry Robson.

The former Celtic and Middlesbrough midfielder arrived at Bramall Lane on transfer deadline day after a season playing across the Atlantic for Vancouver Whitecaps.

But unlike the fanfare which greeted the return to Europe of another British export David Beckham from the MLS, Robson almost sneaked back.

The 34-year-old showed his class, making an immediate impact as a second-half substitute in United’s 2-1 defeat to Coventry City last Friday by setting up Kitson for the equaliser.

Now Wilson hopes Robson, capped 17 times by Scotland, can halt a slump in form which has seen the Blades fall away from the automatic promotion spots to sixth in League One.

“Barry can play all along midfield, or off the front man,” said Wilson. “What he’s possibly not blessed with is electric pace, but he’s electric between the ears which, in my opinion, is far better at times.

“He’s a great passer, keeps the ball very well, manipulates it and has an eye for goal, a terrific left foot. I think he will be a big asset to us as we go along.

“The only downside is he hasn’t played for three months, but that’s the only downside of bringing him in. Maybe another week of training at a certain tempo will enhance that.

“But the way he plays, he plays between his ears, and he manages to find himself on the ball quite a lot because he anticipates situations which develop in matches as they happen.”

Without a win since Boxing Day in the league, United have lost three successive games at Bramall Lane, so a trip to Shrewsbury may be a welcome relief for Wilson.

As for Robson, the Blades boss has no doubts his January arrival can be a major hit with fans and provide competition to midfielders Kevin McDonald, Michael Doyle and Ryan Flynn.