This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Since first joining Sheffield United for a reported fee of £504,000 in 2017 (Transfermarkt), John Lundstram has had mixed fortunes at the club.
The former Everton trainee was signed by Chris Wilder as competition for John Fleck and Paul Coutts as the Blades entered their first season back in the Championship.
Initially he struggled for minutes in the 2017/18 campaign and he made just three starts in the first 17 fixtures of the season (Transfermarkt).
However, Coutts picked up a nasty injury against Burton Albion and that opened the door for Lundstram to tie down a place in Wilder’s starting 11.
He went on to start Sheffield United’s next 10 league matches in a row and did ok, providing two assists and scoring once (Transfermarkt).
But it wasn’t enough for him to remain a regular starter. Once the January transfer window rolled around the Blades signed another midfielder, Lee Evans, who replaced Lundstram in the starting line-up and the former Oxford man was then restricted to just eight of the remaining league games (Transfermarkt).
The midfielder then began the following season by starting the first two matches (Transfermarkt), but after back-to-back defeats against Swansea and Middlesbrough, he was dropped, with new signing Oliver Norwood taking his place.
For the remainder of the campaign, Lundstram was a peripheral figure at Bramall Lane and in total featured just 10 times in the Championship (Transfermarkt), watching his teammates earn automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Most thought that was it for the former England under-20 international in terms of his career at Sheffield United, but how wrong they were.
Instead, the midfielder has benefitted from a tactical tweak from Wilder, which has seen him change from having a central attacking midfielder to a flat three in the middle of the park (Transfermarkt).
As a result, Lundstram has forced his way back into the team and astonishingly has started all of their Premier League matches to date (Transfermarkt).
He has been one of the Blades’ best players so far this term, and is their joint-leading goal scorer with three (BBC Sport).
Two of those goals came in a recent victory against Burnley, a game which perfectly highlights just how good he has been this season. Indeed as well as netting twice against the Clarets he also managed to play one key pass, make three successful tackles and one clearance whilst also finishing with a passing accuracy of 86.8% – the highest of any Sheffield United player on the day (WhoScored).
Wilder has hinted that he will open up contract talks with the ex-Scunthorpe loanee soon (Sheffield Star), and it is fair to say that it has been some turnaround for him at Bramall Lane.
Should he agree a new deal with the club it will add to his value to the club, which is certainly now way more than the £504,000 they paid for him a couple of years ago.
Sheffield United fans, how good has John Lundstram been this season? And how much would you want before considering selling him in today’s market? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
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