John Lundstram a Free Agent in the Summer But Could Stay Put at Sheffield United
Failed Contract Negotiations
Sheffield United have been trying to tie the midfielder down to a new contract for some time now. So far, the Blades have come unstuck.
Now, the midfielder is considering his future but is happy to stay at Bramall Lane.
‘While I am Here I’m Committed’
With his contract set to expire in the summer, Sheffield United are at risk of losing Lundstram on a free transfer. However, the 26-year-old has said his performances will not suffer as the Blades look to avoid relegation back to the Championship.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post about his contract status, Lundstram said: “It’s the same situation. “Everything’s still on the table.”
Asked whether he would be leaving in the summer, he added: “No, no, everything’s still on the table, we’ll see what happens.
“(Talk about my situation) is bound to happen but I’m here and while I am here I’m committed. You’ll see from my performances I’m always 110 per cent, no one could ever question my commitment while I’m at the club. Who knows what will happen but while I’m at the club I’ll always give everything.”
Lundstram This Season
Although Sheffield United have had a poor season and sit bottom of the Premier League with just 11 points on the board, Lundstram has been a key component to their recent upturn in form.
He has started the last seven matches – his longest run in the side since the Blades’ promotion to the Premier League in 2019. During that time, Sheffield United have won five of those games. The midfielder has made 19 appearances in all competitions this season.
Sheffield United Need to Keep Hold of Lundstram
John Lundstram has been an integral part of Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United squad since his joined in 2017. The Blades had just secured promotion from League One but the former Everton man helped secure a further promotion to the Premier League.
Lundstram has made over 100 appearances for the Blades since he joined from Oxford United in 2017. He was part of the U’s side that won promotion from League Two in 2016 and captained the side as they lost the Football League Trophy final to Coventry City the following season.
During his two years at Oxford, Lundstram made 104 appearances. His solid performances prompted former Oxford manager Wilder to snap him up and he continued his fine form in the Championship. He scored three times from 40 appearances, but was limited to just 12 outings the following season as the Blades secured promotion to the Premier League.
Last season, as Sheffield United ended their return to the Premier League in ninth, Lundstram made 34 appearances, scoring five goals. Two of those goals – against Crystal Palace and Bournemouth – helped the Blades to three points.
If he departs, it will be a significant loss to Wilder, more so if they suffer relegation back to the Championship. However, the 26-year-old has the capabilities to be playing in the Premier League and has shown that during his top-flight tenure with the Blades.