John Lundstram has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence this season under Chris Wilder.

John Lundstram

John Lundstram has been key for Sheffield United (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

The Scouse midfielder was deemed by many fans as surplus to requirements last term. Lundstram started only a handful of games as United romped to promotion.

However,  a change in shape and tactical approach has helped the former Oxford man. Sitting to the right of a midfield three, he’s been excellent. Lundstram has contributed three goals already, as well as a brilliant assist away at Everton.

But, Lundstram’s comments in a recent interview with Sky Sports has revealed that it is no fluke he is playing so well. Indeed, it appears Lundstram did nothing but put the hard work in, in order to prove his worth to Chris Wilder.

“I wanted to prove a point I was ready“, Lundstram said.

“I thought maybe my time here was coming to an end but the gaffer obviously had faith in me. When he told me he wanted me to stay and had a part for me, it gave me a massive confidence boost to go away over the summer and repay him.”

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John Lundstram already has three goals for Sheffield United (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Lundstram goes on further in the interview. He reveals how set training plans from the United coaching staff played a big part in him getting up to speed. That, coupled with working with a specialised fitness trainer from Dubai, has left Lundstram in the best shape of his life. Indeed, Lundstram revealed he feels ‘fitter than ever”. 

Hard work paying off for both club and player

If ever there was an example needed of what hard graft can get you, then this is it.

Lundstram will probably admit himself he isn’t the most gifted player in terms of skill, dribbling, and other traits which catch the eye. However, he has worked hard at his game and his fitness to become more than capable in those key skillsets.

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John Lundstram scored twice against Burnley (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

His performances this season have been exceptional. Gone are the fans – myself included – who doubted his chances as a Premier League player.

John Lundstram has enjoyed a remarkable rise. The fact he is keeping the likes of Ravel Morrison, Mo Besic, and Luke Freeman out of the picture, is testament to just how good he is. We wrote a bit ago about Lundstram potentially getting an England nod. On current form, there’s every chance that might come soon.

Long may it continue, too.

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