Former Sheffield United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny says John Lundstram is being treated as a “scapegoat” by the fans.
Many supporters have grown frustrated seeing Lundstram consistently picked despite being set to leave the club this summer.
The midfielder was offered a new contract by the Blades, but rejected it as he prepares to depart on a free transfer at the end of the season.
It arguably sends the wrong message when Lundstram has made it clear he wants to leave, but keeps getting selected.
That would be less of an issue if the 27-year-old was making up for it with his performances. But several supporters have also criticised that.
However, Kenny thinks Lundstram is being treated unfairly.
“It’s a difficult one,” the ex-Blade told Football Insider. “He’s getting a lot of criticism at the moment with the way he’s playing.
“But you could look at every player and say that. None of them are playing to the standard we want them to.
“Because he’s gonna be out of contract he’s maybe being used as a scapegoat.
“He’s turned down a deal and looking like he’s going to move on. Because of that, people are jumping on him even more.
“He’s probably a £10m player and would be a fantastic Championship player at that level.”
Why assessment of John Lundstram at Sheffield United is wrong
Kenny may watch every United match, but these comments suggest he probably doesn’t.
From a distance, it would seem as if Lundstram is being unfairly criticised.
A somewhat surprising breakout star last season, the Everton academy product played a key role in Chris Wilder’s side finishing ninth in their first Premier League campaign in 12 years.
With the Blades seemingly destined to be relegated to the Championship, why wouldn’t Lundstram want to leave?
Yet his performances this term are far removed from what was seen in 2019/20.
Lundstram’s recent displays have been woeful and he is as much to blame for the club’s issues in 2020/21, as he was credited for their success last season.
Only he’ll know if he has one eye on his next move. But Lundstram’s form and body language would lead some to think that is the case.
For Kenny to turn on the fans for pointing that out suggests he’s out of touch with the Bramall Lane faithful.