The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dan Barnes

SH­EFFIELD United’s John Fleck has forged one of League One’s most ef­fec­tive unions with fel­low cen­tral mid­fielder Paul Coutts but has re­vealed there is some­times a lit­tle trou­ble in par­adise.

Scots­men Fleck, 25, and Coutts, 28, have been the heart­beat be­hind the Blades’ push for the Cham­pi­onship, with the pair dom­i­nat­ing game af­ter game as a re­sult of their metro­nomic part­ner­ship in the mid­dle of the park.

How­ever, ex-Rangers man Fleck claims that his col­league, Coutts, is ac­tu­ally the big­gest whiner at Bra­mall Lane!

“He doesn’t shout much when we’re out on the pitch but he’s very, very moany, es­pe­cially if you don’t pass him the ball,” said the Blades mid­fielder.

“If he needs to raise his voice, then he will. In gen­eral, he’s pretty quiet but he re­ally does like a moan!”

Nat­u­rally, Fleck has no qualms putting up with Coutts’ ver­bals.

He added: “I don’t know why the part­ner­ship works. Hon­estly, it’s hard to say. Some­times things work and some­times they don’t.

“I en­joy play­ing along­side him. We’re both prob­a­bly quite sim­i­lar play­ers. We like get­ting on the ball and he likes to start it off and dic­tate things from the back.

“That prob­a­bly suits me too.”

WHINGES: Paul Coutts

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