Sheffield United have confirmed that Kean Bryan has been offered the chance to remain at Bramall Lane beyond the summer.
According to a statement posted on the Sheffield United website, the 24-year-old centre-back is the only player in the United squad to be offered a new deal this summer, with all of Phil Jagielka, John Lundstram, Simon Moore and Jack Rodwell set to leave the club upon the expiry of their contracts at the end of the month.
Despite having featured sparingly since joining the Blades from Manchester City back in 2018, there is plenty to be excited about regarding Bryan’s development at the club.
Indeed, over his 13 Premier League appearances for United this season, the defender helped his side to keep two clean sheets, as well as making an average of one interception, 1.5 tackles, winning 4.3 duels and making 2.7 clearances per game.
These metrics saw the £1.8m-rated centre-back earn a solid seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.74, ranking him as the club’s 10th-best performer in the top flight of English football – something that is no mean feat considering Bryan boasted no Premier League experience before this year, as well as the fact he was thrown into a side rooted to the bottom of the league table.
And, with the former Blades boss Chris Wilder revealing that the ex-Manchester City man was signed with the Championship in mind, as well as stating his belief that Bryan is a “talented” and “versatile” defender, it would very much seem as if those in the know predict the 24-year-old to burst onto the scene in the club’s upcoming campaign in the second tier.
As such, the fact that the Blades board have kept their faith in the £3k-per-week centre-back is something that could bring with it huge rewards next term, as Slavisa Jokanovic’s side mount push for an immediate return to the top flight.
And, if Bryan can play a starring role in the club’s success next season, the club’s decision this summer will undoubtedly have fans of the club buzzing.