Sheffield United owner, Prince Abdullah, has revealed that the Blades flat refused to sell John Egan this summer, after initial interest following relegation.
Blades skipper Egan (when Billy Sharp isn’t playing) has been one of United’s most consistent performers ever since he signed. He was a stalwart of the team who finished 9th in the Premier League, and was one of few to come out with credit last term.
Naturally, there was going to be interest in Egan. Indeed, just last year, it was claimed by The Mirror that Everton wanted to sign the Irishman. At the time, we suggested only a club-record fee should be considered.
And speaking on the Sheff United Way YouTube channel this week, United owner Prince Abdullah has revealed how clubs were given a firm ‘hands-off’ over Egan this summer.
“Let me give you two examples from this summer. First, Daniel Jebbison, we rejected an offer from Everton because we think he is going to be a big player for our future,” Abdullah said.
“Then also, John Egan. We told clubs who were interested right at the beginning of the summer that he (Egan) is not for sale.”
Egan has featured heavily for Ireland this week. He scored in the away loss at Portugal, and put in another fine display as the Irish drew 1-1 with Serbia last night.
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Everyone accepted we would sell at least one player this summer. That player ended up being Aaron Ramsdale. However, had it been Egan, it would have stung quite a bit more.
The Irish defender is integral for United. And that doesn’t matter which system we play under Slavisa Jokanovic. He’s vital either as the central man in a three at the back, or as a pair in a back four.
It’s refreshing, then, to see Abdullah confirm this news. Egan has been and remains one of United’s best and most consistent performers.
Of course, if he has another good season, interest will be there again. But if this side has any aspirations of going up, then John Egan will be key.