A new week is upon us, but Sheffield United are still yet to extend John Lundstram’s contract at Bramall Lane.
However, Chris Wilder did have positive words for the saga on Thursday.
The current situation revolving around Lundstram is an interesting one to pick apart. The midfield’s deal expires soon but Wilder has already suggested they’ll take up their option to extend it by a year.
That being said, there is still uncertainty as to whether the Blades will be able to tie him down for a considerable period of time.
Lundstram has now sat out two matches in a row since Sheffield United signed Sander Berge during the January transfer window, although he could be in line to start on Saturday after scoring against Bournemouth.
Speaking about the 26-year-old, Wilder told reporters ahead of the Brighton clash:
“John’s got 18 months left on his contract and him along with the others are a huge part of our group. We want them to be a part of the group going forward.”
It bodes incredibly well for Lundstram to hear that Wilder wants him to be part of the group moving forward.
It’s imperative that he’s made to feel a vital element of the squad after being somewhat neglected in recent weeks.
For two successive games, he’s been dropped to the bench in favour of new £22m arrival Berge.
However, the Norwegian didn’t look too comfortable against the Cherries and was consequently hauled off for Lundstram. The latter made a devastating impact as he buried a shot from inside the box and sent the Blades on their way to all three points.
It was a clinical finish and one that might put him ahead of Berge in terms of selection for this weekend’s clash.
The Norway international may be a force defensively, winning four tackles on debut, but he doesn’t possess the ability to arrive late in the penalty area like Lundstram did last time out.
In a game where they may enjoy more of the possession, he would be better suited to playing from the off.
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