No Sheffield United player divides the fanbase as much as John Lundstram in this current Blades squad.
For obvious reasons, Lundstram is not everyone’s cup of tea. A refusal to sign a new contract has left a sour taste in some Blades fans’ mouths. That, coupled with the miserable season United have endured in the main this term has meant the midfielder is wide open for criticism.
And on this site, we’ve not been averse to calling Lundstram out. At times, earlier in the season anyway, Lundstram defiinitely wasn’t performing to the level a player making demands to the club should be.
It caused frustration to a lot of fans, and even Chris Wilder has admitted previously he feels ‘Lunny’ should sign his deal.
But as time ticks by and the January window looks ready to slam shut, could United actually be better off bowing down to Lundstram’s demands?
Recent performances, plus a seemingly empty treasure chest in terms of transfer funds at The Lane, suggest we might well be.
John Lundstram contract could be worth it, given replacement cost
Sure, John Lundstram is not irreplaceable. He’s not a world-class midfielder by any stretch and Wilder would, no doubt, be allowed to venture into the market to replace him. But who, where, and how much that replacement costs is another matter.
The top earners at United are widely thought to earn around the 30k-a-week mark. That’s a figure accepted by most of the local media outlets, and sounds about right for our structure.
Spotrac puts Sander Berge on £32k-a-week at United. Yes, these figures might not be bang on, but it’s a good indicator. That is around £1.7m a season. Worked out over four years, providing that’s what we offered Lundstram, it’s around the £7m mark.
And while that figure seems a lot, you can rest assured it would cost us more than that to replace him. You only had to look in the summer at Reading, who were said to be demanding upwards of £8m for John Swift when we were interested.
Based on that train of thought, and given Lundstram’s importance in the last few weeks, United might be better stumping up the cash for his contract and biting the bullet on this one.