The big news around Sheffield United this week is John Lundstram’s decision to not sign his new contract at Bramall Lane.
Chris Wilder confirmed in his presser today that the 26-year-old won’t be signing fresh terms at Bramall Lane, putting an end to a saga that has dragged on for around a year now.
United, of course, will need to strengthen the ranks if Lundstram leaves in January as expected. Wilder confirming that a sale is the best course of action the Blades can hope for.
And while eyes will be on who United might bring in – Glen Kamara is one we like if Lundstram goes to Rangers – the Blades may have a ready-made replacement already in young midfielder, Regan Slater.
After a positive start to his loan spell with Hull City, it’s not something United, or Slater, should rule out.
Filling the void, seizing an opportunity
Given the current financial climate, we aren’t going to be getting a massive fee for Lundstram, nor are we likely to splashing huge sums in January after spending over £50m in the summer.
It could, then, leave a door open for young Slater to make his name at United. The 21-year-old can be recalled if needed by the Blades, and got off the mark for the Tigers just this week.
Indeed, Slater was tasked with getting into the box by Grant McCann when he came on. It was something he duly obliged with, scoring a crucial second goal to send Hull on their way to three points.
Slater has been involved in the last two pre-season campaigns under Wilder. Yes, he needs to be good enough and yes, he might be better served playing the season in League One.
But if we can’t find a suitable replacement, then the time has never been better for Slater to try and make his mark at Bramall Lane.