When Sheffield United signed Enda Stevens from Portsmouth in 2017, not many of their supporters would have predicted just how big of an impact the defender would have on the club’s fortunes.
Despite being considered as somewhat of a risky signing considering his limited amount of experience of Championship football, the 28-year-old proved from the very outset that he was more than capable of thriving at this level of football as he enjoyed a fantastic debut season with the Blades.
Although United would end up miss out on the play-offs at the end of that particular year, it was clear that Chris Wilder was building something special at Bramall Lane with Stevens set to play a major role for the former Oxford United boss.
Having already established himself as the club’s number one choice full-back, the £1.8m-rated ace (via Transfermarkt) took his game to new heights in the 2018/19 campaign as he provided a deadly attacking threat by firing in five goals and providing 7 assists for his team-mates.
Outstanding throughout the year, it could be argued that without Stevens’ domineering presence, the Blades may not have been able to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League last month.
Therefore, it was a huge surprise when the Republic of Ireland international missed out to his compatriot David McGoldrick for the club’s Player of the Year award.
Although the forward was undeniably brilliant for United in the Championship, his influence for Wilder’s side pales into insignificance when compared to Stevens’ achievements at full-back.
What do you think Blades fans? Did Stevens deserve to win your club’s Player of the Year award? How impressed have you been with the former Pompey ace since he joined the club in 2017? Let us know below.
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