John Lundstram got the winning goal yesterday as Sheffield United saw off Bournemouth at Bramall Lane.
The midfielder netted his fourth of the season – all four coming at Bramall Lane – to see off the Cherries. After coming on a substitute once again in place of Sander Berge, it was a big statement from Lundstram.
Having been a key figure in the opening months of the season, Lundstram’s form dipped around Christmas. A niggling injury seemed to bother him and he missed the trip to Man City. Furthermore, the signing of Berge in January has many Blades fans thinking that it could be the end for Lundstram.
The former Everton man is still to sign a new deal with the club. Although the Blades will activate a year extension, Lundstram has, as yet, failed to commit to a longer stay in Sheffield.
Furthermore, after scoring yesterday, Lundstram’s celebration was that of a frustrated figure. He initially pushed his teammates away before being mobbed.
It begs the question, then, of if these are the first signs of potential unrest in the Sheffield United camp?
Unlikely…but a point was definitely made
Lundstram admitted after the game he had been frustrated with being left out. Having been so key to the XI all season, he lost his place in a matter of days to the Blades’ new £22m man.
And while Berge has done ok in his two initial outings, Lundstram’s impact off the bench has been great. At Palace, he injected energy and defensive qualities into the game to help George Baldock down the right-hand side. Yesterday, he got himself the winner and was integral in keeping the ball late on.
While there’s probably no cause for concern when it comes to Lundstram, he definitely appeared to be making a point to his manager following the goal.
He is, in a way, entitled to do that. However, Chris Wilder is not a man to suffer fools and if Lundstram does want to go down that route, it won’t be well received.
Mark Duffy was quickly shown the door in the summer after testing the manager’s patience. Furthermore, Wilder has already warned some of his players to concentrate on their football and not the amount of money in their pockets.
For the time being, John Lundstram is probably happy knowing he has a part to play at the club. How this pans out down the line, though, is something worth keeping a close eye on.