The question of player of the season is usually something which can have an obvious choice at most football clubs, including Sheffield United in recent times.
Normally, there is a standout performer amongst the group. Someone who has just contributed that little bit more than others have and who fans, players, and management can’t ignore.
However, this season at Bramall Lane has been very different. A number of players have put in consistently brilliant performances. There are a number of players who could easily take the award and not many would complain.
In fact, it’s probably one of the toughest years yet in terms of picking someone. It goes without saying, then, that whoever takes the prize this term at Sheffield United will have well and truly earnt the title of player of the season.
A number of candidates
There are so many players in the Blades squad who could take the award home from goalkeeper to striker.
Dean Henderson has surpassed even last season with his displays. Ten clean sheets and a number of world-class saves have cemented his place as one of the game’s best young stoppers.
The back five have all been tremendous. Chris Basham and Jack O’Connell have been excellent in their overlapping centre-back roles while John Egan has marshalled the troops brilliantly. Then in George Baldock and Enda Stevens, you have two wing-backs who contribute so much to the Blades cause.
In midfield, Ollie Norwood has steadily gone about his business. John Lundstram has stepped up to the plate while John Fleck’s form has been nothing short of superb.
Then onto the front players and David McGoldrick, up until Christmas at least, was in the form of his life. Despite not scoring he has been excellent in the main.
Couple this with crucial contributions from the likes of Billy Sharp, Lys Mousset, and Oli McBurnie, and it becomes so difficult to nail down a number one.
Our pick for player of the season…John Fleck
While most of the Blades’ regular starting XI can make a case for being named player of the year, few have quite hit the heights of John Fleck.
Fleck has added goals to his game in the absence of the likes of Mark Duffy, who left in the summer. In Chris Wilder’s slightly adapted 3-5-2 formation this term, Fleck has added that extra attacking element to his game to excellent effect.
Dean Henderson would be the next player on the list at a push. The Man United loanee has been brilliant again.
For now, though, we’ll say John Fleck is the Sheffield United player of the season. It could well be that the season is already over, meaning no one really has a chance to usurp the Scot anyway.