Sheffield United midfielder, John Fleck, penned a new deal with the club this weekend to cement his immediate future at Bramall Lane.
The Scottish midfielder has been a standout performer for United this term. After taking up the mantle of adding goals from midfield for his team, Fleck has duly obliged with five strikes in the Premier League.
Fleck’s new deal will see him remain at the club until 2023. Of course, that will be subject to change should a mammoth bid come in for the Scot. Indeed, Arsenal have already been credited with an interest in the midfielder prior to his new deal.
However, Fleck has chosen to remain with Chris Wilder’s men. Chasing Europe, the Blades have shocked everyone this term and are just a single point off of Manchester United in fifth.
More importantly for the club, it signals a changing of the times for a football club so used to being dependent on cashing in on players.
Changing of the times
As if the January signing of Sander Berge didn’t highlight it enough, it’s pretty clear that Sheffield United are now an attractive club for players. It makes sense, then, that Fleck has put to bed any notion of him leaving by penning new terms.
Blades fans have had to endure too much transfer heartache in the past. From the same-day sales of Jan Aage Fjortoft and Brian Deane to the sales of both Kyle Walker and Kyle Naughton and more recently, David Brooks, the club has always been known as a selling club.
But not anymore. Fleck’s new deal, along with new contracts apparently on the table for the likes of John Egan, Enda Stevens, and John Lundstram, shows that the Blades aren’t content with selling anymore.
Chris Wilder is wanting to build for the future. And while new signings are always needed, he’s so keen to keep his core group together. Fleck, then, is certainly part of that core group of players.
These are exciting times at Bramall Lane. If the aforementioned players do indeed pen new deals, Unitedites can expect more good moments.
It goes without saying that John Fleck signing a new deal is more than just a case of a player simply committing his future to a club.