Just over half a year since moving on from Sheffield United, John Lundstram is already being eyed by his former manager, Chris Wilder, for a return to English football with Middlesbrough.
Lundstram signed for Rangers in the summer when Steven Gerrard was in charge. Since then though, he’s enjoyed mixed fortunes at Ibrox. As we reported in our exclusive chat with Rangers.News a few months back, Lundstram has been in and out for the Gers. And now with Gerrard gone, Lundstram could also be on his way.
That’s because according to the Daily Record, former Blades boss Wilder is keeping a firm eye on Lundstram’s situation at Ibrox. Indeed, he could move for his former midfielder before January is over. Lundstram has started just two of nine games under new Rangers boss, Giovani van Bronckhorst.
Wilder has turned things around for Boro recently. They are just outside the top six and Steve Gibson has backed his new man in January. Folarin Balogun has arrived from Arsenal, while Aaron Connolly has also signed from Brighton.
While Wilder and Lundstram’s relationship ended in frustration before, the midfielder played a key role in United’s success in finishing 9th in the Premier League. Wilder labelled his midfielder ‘outstanding’ following a win at Crystal Palace that season.
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With Middlesbrough making a fist of things in terms of promotion, Wilder is said to be keen on a new midfielder.
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When Lundstram left United, we suggested to our colleagues at Rangers.News that things might not go all that well for the midfielder and so it seems to have been proven. Down the pecking order and potentially on the move already, that’s a clear hint things haven’t worked out.
The only issue for United here is if John Lundstram does wind up at Middlesbrough, he’ll probably end up doing well. Wilder has already got them ticking, so adding him will only help more.
There is surely no chance of a return to Bramall Lane. Those bridges seemed to have been burned. Fans didn’t like the way Lundstram went about things, and we have moved on. Rangers was always a move he couldn’t turn down. But sometimes there is more to consider than just jumping ship at the first opportunity.