Sheffield United midfielder John Lundstram has put himself in and among the great Blades players of the Premier League era.
The former Everton and Oxford man hit a double at the weekend to help the Blades past Burnley. They were his second and third goals of the season. That puts him level with Lys Mousset at the top of the goal-scoring charts.
A player who many expected to leave in the summer, Lundstram can’t be far away from knocking on the England door. We covered his chances of that, here.
Regardless of whether the call from Gareth Southgate comes, Lundstram is in good company thanks to his double.
As revealed by the BBC, the brace from Lundstram is only the ninth time a Sheffield United player has scored twice or more in the Premier League.
The first came from Nathan Blake. The striker scored twice in a 2-0 win over Newcastle back in 1994.
Who got the others?
Remarkably, not one player from the club’s last spell in the top-flight scored twice in a game. Rob Hulse and John Stead were the main men that year. Neither managed a brace, however.
You have to go back to United’s first two seasons to find the other eight occasions.
Brian Deane scored twice on the opening day of the first ever Premier League season. Ian ‘Jock’ Bryson netted twice that same season in a 6-0 rout of Spurs. Deane scored more than twice on other occasions, including a hat-trick against Ipswich Town that year.
On the final day of the inaugural Premier League season, left-winger Dane Whitehouse bagged a double in a 4-2 win over future champions, Chelsea.
The following year, Adrian Littlejohn added himself to the list with a brace in a 2-2 draw with Spurs. Jostein Flo then hit a double in a memorable away win at Liverpool. The aforementioned Blake then hit his two against Newcastle.
That brings us right up to Lundstram. The midfielder was brilliant yet again at the weekend. His three goals sit alongside his excellent assist provided to Lys Mousset at Everton earlier in the campaign.