Brighton may have been handed a boost in their reported interest in Sheffield United midfielder John Lundstram.
According to The Star, the Seagulls have “cast admiring glances at Lundstram in the past” and their interest may now be piqued by the same publication’s report that the 26-year-old has been placed on the transfer list at Bramall Lane after refusing to accept an improved contract offer from the Blades.
The Star added that Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder “would not hold a gun to the head” of anyone at the Yorkshire club who wishes to move elsewhere and, with the midfielder’s current deal set to expire next summer, they may be receptive to offers for him now.
Lundstram was a regular feature in the Blades team that finished an impressive ninth upon their return to the Premier League last season, appearing in 34 of their 38 games in the division and scoring five goals from central midfield (as per TransferMarkt).
His statistics from the 2019/20 campaign indicate that he is a well-rounded midfielder who is adept at multiple facets of the position, with 1.4 successful tackles per game showing that he can break up opposition attacks and 1.3 key passes per game illustrating that he can make effective use of the ball.
However, in terms of transfer priorities at Brighton, central midfield is not one that needs urgent addressing. Graham Potter already has Dale Stephens, Aaron Mooy, Yves Bissouma and Davy Propper in the middle of the park, with Adam Lallana joining that crop recently, while youngsters like Alexis Mac Allister and Steven Alzate also provide an attack-minded option from the midfield sector (as per TransferMarkt).
Also, when compared with the Seagulls’ other central midfielders, Lundstram’s statistics don’t particularly stand out. For instance, Bissouma and Stephens have both won far more tackles per game (2.2), while Pascal Gross has averaged two key passes per game and Mooy’s average for this metric is equal to the Sheffield United player.
Lundstram has proven that he can score goals in the Premier League and may be ripe for the picking if the contract impasse with Sheffield United continues.
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However, he is not someone who Brighton particularly need right now, nor whom would greatly raise the standard of the squad that is already at Potter’s disposal.
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