Sheffield United fans may have to wait a bit longer to see John Fleck in action for Scotland this summer, despite Billy Gilmour being missing this week.
The Chelsea midfielder was the standout performer as Scotland held England to a 0-0 draw at Wembley on Friday. The youngster was calm, assured, and neat in possession for Steve Clarke’s men.
However, he’s since been diagnosed with Covid-19 after returning a positive test today. It means Gilmour will miss the crucial clash with Croatia.
Naturally, some Blades fans might think Fleck will simply step into the place of Gilmour in the midfield. But according to respected Scottish publication, The Scotsman, Fleck will have to keep waiting.
Instead, they claim that a change in formation could see Scot McTominay move into midfield with John McGinn and Callum McGregor. It would leave Fleck – once again – rooted to the bench.
The Blades midfielder has only made the five appearances for his nation during his career. Despite his brilliant form for United in the 19/20 campaign, Fleck was still kept out by the likes of McGinn.
In fairness, though, Fleck didn’t have the best season last term. Further, he’s only just got back from a positive Covid-19 result himself.
John Fleck not good enough for Scotland? Not likely, but others preferred
We all know how good John Fleck can be at Bramall Lane. That first season in the PL under Wilder showed his class. Ravel Morrison even labelled the diminutive midfielder ‘unbelievable’ when he left.
But since then, he hasn’t been the same player. A few niggles here and there didn’t help, while being part of a losing team also contributed. However, there were signs of a recovery from Fleck in the last few months of the season.
Is Fleck good enough for Scotland? Of course he is. But is he better than the midfield options they have? Probably not. After all, McTominay is a Man United regular, Christie stars for Celtic, and McGinn has been great for Villa.
Fleck, then, will simply have to remain patient.