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Nurturing Diego

22 February 2013

Danny Wilson hopes to be able to utilise young prospect Diego De Girolamo more during the League One run-in.

The Gaffer handed a league bow to the 17-year-old Chesterfield-born marksman in last Saturday's win over Colchester United and Wilson insists the Italian U18s international could have a key role to play between now and the end of the season.

On throwing the youngster on against the U's, the Blades boss commented: "We assessed the game as it progressed and the second goal from Kevin (McDonald) really killed the game off. For long periods we were in complete control of the game and it became the ideal opportunity to throw Diego (De Girolamo) on in front of our own fans, where we knew he would get a fantastic reception.

"The fans will have been encouraged by what they saw, but the lad will be disappointed he didn't score the late chance. Thankfully big Dave (Kitson) was on hand to apply the finishing touch, but Diego proved he is capable of getting in those areas in and around the penalty area.

"Whether he could do it from the start is a different question but if we can blood him from the bench, as we did against Colchester, then that would be brilliant."

Speaking about how De Girolamo could be used in the weeks ahead, Wilson added: "In an ideal world we want to use Diego regularly to get him up to speed with the first team and enhance his development.

"We don't live in an ideal world, though, and he might have to be thrown in at any given time in the run-in, so we will continue to nurture him as best we can."

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