Pressley warning to Sky Blues

El-Hadji Ba has welcomed reported interest from Sunderland,

Wigan and Newcastle and says he would love to play in the Premier

League.

Prior to making his debut with Le Havre in February last year,

the France U20 international was linked with a move to

Tottenham.

The defensive midfielder is now understood to be attracting

interest from numerous clubs, and is regarded by some as the best

prospect to come out of the Le Havre academy since Paul Pogba.

Pogba, who moved to Juventus from Manchester United and recently

received a call up to the France squad, has provided inspiration to

Ba as he looks to take his own career to the next level.

“He is definitely the one for me to follow in his footsteps at

the moment,” Ba said.

“Pogba is doing very well and I am happy for him to be playing

for one of the top teams in the world in Juventus.

“I want to improve, and it is very good to hear that clubs have

been scouting me.

“I would love to play in England one day. If teams have a good

enough offer, then they (Le Havre) will let me go.”

Sheffield United striker Jamie Murphy has been ruled out of

Saturday’s home game through injury.

Murphy was forced out of last week’s heavy defeat at Stevenage

and is struggling with back and hamstring problems.

Teenager Callum McFadzean replaced Murphy and could be in line

for his first league start for the Blades, but on-loan pair

Jonathan Forte and Dominic Poleon provide manager Danny Wilson with

further options.

Wilson has no other new injury or suspension worries, but could

be tempted to make one or two changes.

Defender Danny Higginbotham and forward Chris Porter, back from

his loan spell at Shrewsbury, are pushing for recalls.

Teenage striker Diego De Girolamo and defender Lecsinel

Jean-Francois have both had surgery to repair cruciate ligament

damage and will miss the rest of the season.

The Blades are hoping to climb back into an automatic promotion

spot with victory over the second-placed Bees.

Kevin O’Connor and Farid El Alagui are close to returning to the

Brentford squad ahead of the trip to their promotion rivals.

The duo have been sidelined since early in the season but made

their comebacks for the reserves this week.

Club captain and long-serving midfielder O’Connor suffered an

ankle injury in November and striker El Alagui has been out with a

knee injury since October.

But both came through an hour of action on Monday afternoon, so

boss Uwe Rosler must decide whether to take them to Bramall Lane or

give them another reserve run-out first.

Defender Scott Barron (hip) and back-up goalkeeper Richard Lee

(shoulder) have undergone operations and will be out for the rest

of the season.

The Sky Blues are three points off the play-off places with

seven games left and travel to Fratton Park to face a Pompey side

who are eight points adrift of safety, but have lost just one of

their last five games.

And Pressley knows his side will have to be at their best to

keep their top-six hopes alive.

“It is always difficult playing sides who are fighting for their

lives as they have so much to play for,” he told the club’s

official website.

“They will be determined to get the win and we need to be

bringing our best game to Fratton Park this weekend.

“They are similar to Hartlepool in that sense and we saw how

difficult that game was, so we need the same commitment again.

“Every single day here we train to win, and I will be expecting

that mentality to come through on the pitch this weekend.

“We need to be able to keep the momentum up and with us just

three points outside the play-offs, there is everything to play

for.

“I want to create a real winning culture at this football club

and you only achieve that by setting standards and then maintaining

them.”