Danny Webber says Phil Jagielka is crucial to the success of Sheffield United.
This is despite the fact Jagielka only made six Premier League appearances last season as the Blades finished ninth following promotion.
The 38-year-old rejoined his boyhood club in the summer of 2019 – 12 years after he had left Bramall Lane for Everton.
That move came following United’s relegation the last time they were in the top flight in 2006/07. During that campaign, Webber and Jagielka were teammates.
So the former striker is more qualified that most to comment on what the defender brings to a team.
“Chris Wilder doesn’t sign players that are fashionable, he signs players that get a job done. He signs characters that fit into what he’s about,” Webber told Sportology TV.
“He brought the likes of Jagielka back and I know Jags didn’t play a lot, but he’s always a big character in the dressing room.
“His experience will have been a big factor in the cohesive unit and keeping it all together when times get tough.”
Clearly Danny Webber is right about Phil Jagielka’s influence at Sheffield United
Even though Jagielka only played 10 times in all competitions last term, he was still offered a new one-year contract.
The former England international and Jack Rodwell were the only two free agents asked to stay. Leon Clarke, Mark Duffy, Kieron Freeman, Ricky Holmes and Ravel Morrison were all released.
Wilder has made no secret of his admiration for Jagielka and his influence at the club. The 52-year-old praised him earlier in 2019/20 for how he inspires those around him.
It’s something that fellow centre-back, Jack O’Connell, certainly agrees with. O’Connell described Jagielka as “perhaps my biggest influence here”.
The veteran is unlikely to play many more games over the next 12 months, but clearly he is more important to United’s success than many realise.