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Opinion: John Lundstram yet to find a new club and could regret his contract stance

John Lundstram is yet to find a new club after refusing to sign a new Sheffield United contract and you can’t help but think it’s not surprising.

Lundstram’s contractual situation seemed to hang over the club throughout the season. The midfielder didn’t put pen to paper on fresh terms, despite Chris Wilder admitting the contract offered would have made him one of the top earners at the club.

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Despite the stand-off, Lundstram remained a fixture in the team. Even when Paul Heckingbottom took over, the midfielder was still selected up until the final few games.

But, as of yet, Lundstram has yet to find a new club. Indeed, talk of a potential move seems to have gone eerily quiet. And while it’s worrying for Lundstram, you can’t help but feel a sense of karma if he doesn’t get a big move.

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Rangers were said to be keen on Lundstram. All the way back in August of 2020, The Athletic claimed the Gers were admirers. But Steven Gerrard’s men have since romped to the title, and to be honest, Lundstram wouldn’t get in that XI as it stands.

Other clubs, including Burnley, have also been touted with holding an interest. But like with Rangers, those links have gone quiet.

What next for John Lundstram and do we really care?

Without sounding overly harsh, the answer here is no. In fact, I’d personally love to see Lundstram wind up at either another Championship club, or even lower.

I’ll give credit where it’s due. He played a big part in that first season in the Premier League. But he was never spectacular, and he didn’t replicate anywhere that form last year. He didn’t score a goal, displayed a lack of commitment on more than one occasion, and at times, seemed disinterested.

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Lundstram should – in my opinion – have been jettisoned at the beginning of the season. It went against everything Wilder had built. In my eyes, it set off an ill-feeling within the squad. Of course, things might be different on the inside, but that’s the impression given.

Frankly, if he gets a Premier League move, his agent deserves a medal. On the basis of last season, there isn’t a single club whose XI he would slot into.

It definitely seems it was all about money here. Frankly, then, it’s bordering on amusing to see the lack of interest in the media.

With Jokanovic already making it clear he doesn’t want anyone disrupting the group, the less John Lundstrams we can have, the better.

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