John Lundstram returned to the Sheffield United XI this weekend and put in a fine display as the Blades saw off Norwich City.
The 26-year-old has been a surprise revelation for Chris Wilder this season. After being on the periphery of things last term, the former Everton man has stepped up to Premier League football with aplomb.
Lundtram’s assist for Billy Sharp on Saturday was his third of the season, while he has also scored four goals himself. That sort of contribution is vital for a team like the Blades given the fact their top scorer only has five.
However, after the signing of Sander Berge in January, Lundstram immediately lost his place. He’s since come off the bench prior to Saturday and scored the winner against Bournemouth last month.
And after his stirring display on Saturday, Lundstram has been highlighted for praise from both Billy Sharp and Chris Wilder.
“He’s got all the attributes. He runs so much in a game, he provides assists and goals. He’s a real menace to other teams and a great player to have,” Sharp said. (Sheffield Star)
“He gives us a lot of energy and he got an assist as well, which is important.”
A fantastic example
The praise from Sharp came after Chris Wilder had also singled out Lundstram for praise. After going with Berge over Lundstram of late, Wilder was delighted to see him bounce back and highlighted him as an example for the rest of his squad.
“The way he has been in the changing room when he hasn’t played has been exemplary. And then he comes back in and plays like he has,” Wilder said.
“I think that’s a fantastic example of how you should be as a professional footballer.”
Lundstram will be hoping to keep his place this weekend. The Blades travel to Newcastle looking to avenge their loss at Bramall Lane earlier in the season.
Chris Wilder has a number of selection headaches after a successful January transfer window. Furthermore, the Blades have progressed to the last eight of the FA Cup, meaning the United gaffer may well have to shuffle his pack this month.