When Sheffield United revealed that they had completed the signing of John Egan from Brentford last year, their supporters had every right to be excited.
A stand-out performer for the Bees during his two-year spell at Griffin Park, the defender seemingly had all the ingredients needed to become a hero at Bramall Lane.
With Egan announcing on Twitter his delight towards joining his new club, loads of Blades fans reacted positively to his post.
— joshmadigan18 (@joshmadigan18) July 19, 2018
Welcome to the Lane! Buzzing!
— TheBlades (@skibumg) July 19, 2018
Ur a blade now! Welcome!! Hope you can do the business this season!! UTB!!
— Dan (@diehardblade87) July 19, 2018
Welcome John another Irish Blade love it
— Micheal Teehan (@haulie20) July 19, 2018
Welcome to Bramall Lane, it’s going to be another exciting season, and hopefully a step further than last
— Karen (@KW04) July 19, 2018
Welcome lad UTB
— tony-1889 (@blademen77) July 19, 2018
Welcome brother give it your all that’s all we ask
— Michael Harrison (@Mick_H1889) July 19, 2018
Great move lad
— Craig Russell (@craigruss) July 19, 2018
Considering the fact that the Blades spent a club-record £4.1m fee (via the Yorkshire Evening Post) to bring him to South Yorkshire, there was a great deal of pressure for the defender to deliver.
Yet from the very outset of the 2018/19 campaign, it was obvious that Egan was well worth the money spent on him as he adapted almost immediately to Chris Wilder’s 3-5-2 formation.
A domineering presence at the back for the Blades, his composure whilst in possession combined with an outstanding ability to read the game saw him take the Championship by storm.
A mainstay in the Blades’ starting eleven throughout the year, Egan played a major role in helping his side pip Leeds United to automatic promotion as he was part of a defence which only conceded 41 goals in 46 games.
With his side now preparing for their return to the Premier League next season, there is no reason why the 26-year-old cannot compete against England’s very best club sides.
Arguably one of the best players in his position in the second tier during the 2018/19 campaign, Egan could prove to be the all-important difference between survival and relegation for the Blades next season.
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