Sheffield United manager Slavisa Jokanovic has dropped an update on the future of Kean Bryan amid the defender’s links with a move away from Bramall Lane this summer.
In a recent interview with Yorkshire Live, the newly appointed Blades boss made it clear that he has not had a conversation with Bryan regarding his future at the club, with the centre-back having become a free agent last week despite being offered a new deal by United.
The report continues by stating that a number of clubs are interested in the signing of the 24-year-old this summer, including the likes of West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City, however, Bryan’s indecision regarding his future appears to be frustrating the Serbian manager.
In the interview, Jokanovic said: “I don’t know what is happening, I don’t know if this guy wants to stay or if this guy wants to leave. I don’t want this to complicate my team. He can go if he wants or he can offer his services to Sheffield United.”
While Jokanovic is well within his rights to request a decision from Bryan regarding the club’s offer of a new contract, as whether or not the centre-back remains at Bramall Lane will directly determine in which positions the 52-year-old will have to strengthen this summer, the fact that the manager has spoken so openly on the matter – while seemingly having not spoken to the defender himself – should leave fans of the club slightly worried.
Indeed, while he has not featured overly regularly for United since joining from Manchester City back in 2018, the £1.8m-rated man showed glimpses of his potential towards the back end of last season.
Over his 13 Premier League appearances for the Blades last term, the centre-back helped his side keep two clean sheets, as well as making an average of one interception, 1.5 tackles, 2.7 clearances and winning 4.3 duels per game.
The former England U20 international also chipped in for his team going forwards, scoring one goal and creating one big chance for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 0.3 key passes per league fixture.
As such, Bryan would very much appear to be a talent worth convincing to stay at the club ahead of their upcoming Championship campaign, although Jokanovic’s latest comments do not appear to bode well for the 24-year-old’s future in Sheffield.