Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, was quick to praise the performance of John Lundstram following his side’s win over Crystal Palace yesterday.
The Blades ran out 1-0 winners at Selhurst Park thanks to an own goal in the second half. In a scrappy affair, it was United who held out and came away with the three points. That win puts them into fifth, just five shy of Champions League-chasing Chelsea.
But on a day when so much of the focus was on the debut of record signing, Sander Berge, the Blades boss reserved special praise for Lundstram.
“I’ve got to say…I thought John Lundstram was outstanding when he came on“, Wilder said. (Radio Sheffield)
“He’s come out the team for a couple of games. He’s been brilliant for us. His energy levels have dropped down but we’ve got genuine competition and John knows that”.
Lundstram had been in fine form for the Blades earlier in the season. After replacing Mark Duffy in the midfield over the summer, he scored some crucial goals earlier in the campaign.
However, with the arrival of Berge, Lundstram’s chances will now be more limited. But performances off the bench will do his chances no harm it would seem.
A great way to bounce back
Lundstram has come in for some stick in the last few weeks. That stick has probably been a bit unfair, to be honest.
The signing of Sander Berge is a bit of a blow for the former Everton man. However, the best way he can answer is by putting in the sort of performance he did today.
Lundstram’s energy levels were superb up and down the right and he did well to quell the threat of Wilf Zaha, too. He got forward and was unlucky with a long-distance drive.
Hopefully, Lundstram signs a new deal in the coming weeks. With only a year left to run when the summer comes around, it’s vitally important Sheffield United have all their key men tied down.