As Blades trio, Enda Stevens, John Lundstram, and John Egan are set to be offered new contracts, could the club strike to tie down more of its squad?
That’s one of the big questions on a lot of fans’ lips at the moment. With the club riding high in the Premier League, at what point does the club make its move?
Only last week we saw Chris Wilder answer questions on his own future. Wilder, as usual, said it wasn’t down to him to approach the club, a model he expects his players to follow.
However, according to the Sheffield Star, the club is moving to try to tie down the futures of Stevens, Egan, and Lundstram. Indeed, Lundstram might well be a priority, with his deal set to expire in the summer.
All three are key cogs at Bramall Lane. Therefore, ensuring they remain in S2, is vital to any success the club wants to have going forward.
Who else might the club be looking to tie down to new contracts?
The contracts expiring in 2020 don’t seem to be too much of a worry, really. The likes of Leon Clarke, Kieron Freeman, Ravel Morrison, and Richard Stearman are all not featuring. Phil Jagielka will be an interesting one for the club to review, however.
Beyond that though, there are some key players with contracts expiring in 2021. A quartet of key Blades players are set to see deals run out in 18 months. David McGoldrick, Ollie Norwood, John Fleck, and Chris Basham, are all key players.
It would, therefore, be a huge surprise to see the club not offer fresh terms to those players soon.
A couple more interesting names are contracted until 2021. Goalkeeper, Simon Moore, is currently playing second-fiddle to Dean Henderson. Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see what happens with Billy Sharp.
The club captain is well into his 30s now and could well be sacrificed at some point if the Blades maintain their Premier League status.
New contracts, then, look like a must for more than a couple of Blades stars in the coming year.