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Boss praises Marlon's contribution

26 September 2013

David Weir has reaffirmed the importance of Marlon King to the Blades.

The Gaffer praised the 33-year-old's contribution on his debut against Preston North End earlier this week and ahead of the weekend's clash with Wolves, Weir has emphasised what the experienced marksman has added behind the scenes.

The Blades boss remarked: "Marlon has played at the top level and consistently for his country. He has tremendous attributes and we must do everything to maximise those.

"He is experienced and, first and foremost, an out and out goalscorer - he has a real know-how and can certainly help several of the players around him.

"Marlon wants to play games and score goals, but he has also shown a real willingness to contribute further and he will be a great asset to this football club.

"I am sure he will contribute heavily to the success we are hopefully going to enjoy as the season progresses, but, equally as important, will be the way he brings on the younger lads within the squad."

Weir, though, remains cautious about putting too much expectation on the shoulders of King, adding:

"Things are difficult at the minute with Marlon, he needs time to get his match fitness and sharpness, but we are judged on results and we desperately need to start putting some points on the board.

"Marlon is a voice within the dressing room and will say what needs to be said, we are a young group and sometimes it needs the experienced heads to really stand up and be counted."

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