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Decision to make on United's young guns
Canadian skills: Ryan Gyaki could get a run out at Millmoor
THEY mustered less than a match between them but Stephen Quinn and Ryan Gyaki were two of Sheffield United's biggest success stories in Scotland.
Their progress, in terms of reputation if not minutes, has left their manager wrestling with a welcome but nonetheless taxing problem.
How best to further the careers of a midfield double act clearly destined for bigger things but unlikely to be risked during the opening skirmishes of United's battle for Premiership survival?
The answer would appear to lie away from Bramall Lane, where other graduates of the Shirecliffe academy have prospered during spells on loan.
Both Gyaki and Quinn, the younger brother of Republic of Ireland international Alan, can look forward to being let off the leash this weekend as United's pre-season preparations go into overdrive.
Quinn should enjoy a hero's welcome at Rotherham this evening after helping to guide Alan Knill's side to safety last term while Gyaki, who could yet feature at Millmoor, will almost certainly enjoy an outing at Scunthorpe where United travel tomorrow. Likewise Rob Hulse and Ian Bennett, who arrived at United this week from Leeds - although Li Tie, who completed his much-anticipated move on Thursday, is expected to continue his search for full fitness at the training ground.
But if United are to prosper at the highest level, they need their tried and tested favourites to perform and there were encouraging signs north of the border.
Paul Ifill has obviously benefited from a rigorous exercise regime, and his creativity down the flanks should create plenty of chances for Warnock's forward line and the barnstorming Hulse in particular.
Derek Geary has also added an extra dimension to his game having delivered a steady stream of crosses into the opposition box at Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Greenock Morton.
In midfield, Phil Jagielka and Michael Tonge appear to have slipped effortlessly back into the groove and although some rough edges remain in defence, Keith Gillespie could offer an interesting option at full-back.
Coaching staff were mightily impressed with his energy levels at Worksop Town before injury forced him to miss both of United's outings north of the border.
Caley Thistle, who have made noises about spiriting Gyaki away to the Highlands, have become embroiled in a bad-tempered spat with Dundee United, accusing officials at Tannadice of using the media to unsettle their players.
Craig Brewster, now in charge of the Tayside club, has publicly declared an interest in Darren Dods, Ian Black and David Proctor, much to the annoyance of his former colleagues at Caledonian Stadium.
Brewster has also attracted criticism from Motherwell's Maurice Malpas for revealing details of an approach for Scott McDonald.
"United enquired about our players at the end of last season, made an offer and this was rejected," said Caley Thistle chairman David Sutherland.
"That should have been the end of the matter, but what has happened this week is they make a fresh verbal offer and then their manager discloses this to the media saying he will be contacting our club to see what is happening.
"I can tell him what is not happening.
"Caley Thistle will not be solving any player problems United may have."