John Lundstram appears to be on his way out of Sheffield United, with the Blades apparently willing to sell the 26-year-old in January.
The Blades have had a change of heart, according to the Sheffield Star, and will now look to cash-in on a player who has been refusing to sign a new deal since the beginning of last season.
Lundstram is clearly a player who divides opinion among the fans. A quick look to the reaction online as the news emerged suggests some see value in Lunny, while others are happy to see him move on.
So what would actually be the consequences of Lundstram leaving, and is there some positives to take if the former Oxford man does leave the club? We’ve taken a look here.
Pro 1 – Money for a replacement
Obviously we won’t get a massive fee for a player with just six months to run on his contract but if someone does want him in January and not on a pre-contract, we should pocket a few million at the very least.
Every little helps.
Con 1 – Replacing the goals
Nobody can deny Lundstram’s importance last season. Five goals from midfield was a brilliant return and he emerged into the limelight in a somewhat surprising manner.
Replacing those goals from midfield is tough and at times, expensive. Whether we can actually fund or find someone who can take up that mantle is another question.
Pro 2 – Sander Berge can keep going where he is
Lundstram definitely spat the dummy out a bit when we signed Berge last season. It was obvious. He went from passionate and smiling midfield general, to a moody looking teen type (goal celebration against Bournemouth, for example).
The big bonus is that in Berge, we have a player in that right midfield role who looks 10x the player Lundstram is.
If he goes, it means Berge will just slot in there for the rest of the season and we can stop worrying about where the Norwegian should and shouldn’t play.
Con 2 – What do we do now?
It’s probably a good job we aren’t in stadiums at the moment. For all our love of this Sheffield United squad, it goes without saying that some fans would boo or turn on Lundstram.
The problem we have now is do we stick with Lundstram through till January or outcast him? It’s a tough decision for Wilder to make to be honest. We are low on numbers in midfield so to simply cut him out of proceedings may seem a bit of a bad move for now.
Pro 3 – A chance for some youngsters?
Regan Slater is the obvious name that springs to mind when you look at midfielders looking to break into the Blades ranks.
He is currently with Hull City and got himself on the scoresheet last night for the Tigers. Whether he could return in January and give it a go is another conversation. Also, it remains to be seen whether he’s good enough at PL level.
Beyond that, Jack Rodwell is a more experienced option who Wilder could turn to if no replacement was found.
Con 3 – Floodgates opened?
You’d hope this wouldn’t be the case but if Lundstram is willing to let his contract run down because he feels he can get more money elsewhere, would others eventually follow?
As I say, you’d hope not. This squad is built on more than just looking to earn the most money. Chris Wilder pulls no punches when players look to overstep the mark – see Mark Duffy.