Ben Osborn should be the player to replace John Lundstram in the Sheffield United midfield.
Lundstram’s performance was once again criticised by a section of Blades fans as their team lost 2-1 at Leeds United.
The 27-year-old is set to leave the club this summer after the offer of a new contract was rejected.
That, coupled with Lundstram’s poor form, has led to many questioning why he is still being included in the starting XI.
Caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom says it’s due to a lack of options,. But one presented themselves front and centre on Saturday.
Osborn started at left wing-back against Leeds, with Enda Stevens moving into central defence due to injuries.
Despite another defeat for the South Yorkshire side, it was a day to remember for the 26-year-old as he scored his first goal for the club.
Osborn’s versatility means he can play as a wing-back. But his more natural role is in central midfield.
He could replace Lundstram in a midfield three alongside John Fleck and Ollie Norwood. Then either Max Lowe comes or Stevens returns on the left flank.
Ben Osborn has passion for Sheffield United
Unlike Lundstram, who is currently sulking around the pitch seemingly already thinking about his next move, Osborn is a committed performer.
“We want to catch West Brom, first and foremost,” he told BBC Radio Sheffield about this season’s ambitions, “And obviously we want a bit of pride.
“We’re still playing in the Premier League. A lot of us have worked a long time to get here, so there’s still loads to play for.
“We’ve got to start realistically building for next season. If you go into it with a bit of momentum, feeling a little bit better about yourself with some food performances against some top Premier League sides, then it will set you up for next season.”
Osborn is also likely to still be at Bramall Lane next season – which Lundstram is not.
It’s why he should be given the chance to impress as the Blades look to the future.
Lundstram should already be part of their past.