Sheffield United continue are at the start of their journey under Slavisa Jokanovic but it looks like being one without defender, Kean Bryan.
The former Manchester City player is out of contract and, as yet, has failed to accept United’s offer of fresh terms. Indeed, the Blades have jetted off to Spain without Bryan, who for the moment, is without a club.
Bryan arrived at Bramall Lane in the summer of 2018. However, a number of injuries and the form of Jack O’Connell curtailed his progress. He did get his games last season, scoring a goal against Manchester United as part of his 13 PL appearances.
Jokanovic has already made it known that he doesn’t know what Bryan will do. The Serbian has acknowledged a deal has been offered, but seems to have little interest in whether or not Bryan accepts the terms.
And to be honest, that’s the attitude we needed to see from the new Blades boss.
Lundstam part two?
While Bryan’s situation is different to that of recently departed midfielder John Lundstram, it’s something we can’t go into the summer with again.
Unlike Lundstram, we are no longer paying Bryan. The question, then, is if Jokanovic would welcome Bryan back if he does do a u-turn and sign the deal offered.
But it instantly acts as a distraction this sort of thing. That was one of the issues last season that Chris Wilder suffered from. The Lundstram contract hung over us all season, and ultimately, fans quickly lost patience. Indeed, there weren’t many too fussed to see the midfielder leave this week.
With Bryan – just like with Lundstram – it’s clear his head is elsewhere.
Ultimately here, United just need to park the whole situation and move forward. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see that contract offer withdrawn.
And that would be the right thing to do. We need a unity in this squad. A togetherness that, at times, deserted us last season. Having anyone in and around the squad who isn’t fully invested, is no good for anyone.
The final note on Bryan, is that he’s not actually that important. Sure, he can fill in a few positions. But he didn’t exactly blow anyone away last season did he. In fact, in a few games, he looked so far short of the quality we’re used to seeing from Jack O’Connell.
Jack Robinson’s return to form was also a bonus, while Ky Gordon will be looking to kick on this season as well.
For Kean Bryan, then, United should make the decision for him.