Ze Maria jets in for Blades trial
Bryan Robson has turned to Brazil in a bid to add a sparkle to his Sheffield United side, by bringing in Ze Maria on trial.
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 11/09/07 11:56am
Bryan Robson has turned to Brazil in a bid to add a sparkle to his Sheffield United side, which thus far this season has failed to shine.
Widely tipped to win promotion back to the Premier League this term, United have struggled to live up to such expectation, in a situation that has led Robson to offer former Brazil international Ze Maria a one-week trial.
The 34-year-old may be entering the twilight years of his career but a CV that boasts 40 caps and spells at Internazionale, Parma, Perugia, Vasco De Gama and Levante, suggests he will not be short of quality.
United, who spent £4million on bringing in James Beattie in the pre-season, have made no secret of their ambition for an immediate top-flight return and the potential capture of Ze Maria is further testimony of their intent.
"Ze Maria flew in on Monday evening and begins a week-long trial," said Robson to the Sheffield Star.
"We want to assess his fitness but generally Brazilians stay very fit."
Meanwhile, reports from Bramall Lane have suggested Nick Montgomery is suffering from a hernia complaint, which could prove prohibitive over the next few weeks.