When Sheffield United announced the signing of John Fleck in the summer of 2016, not even the most optimistic of supporters would have believed that he would be part of a squad that could be about to secure promotion to the Premier League this season.
After enjoying a successful five-year spell where he excelled in the heart of Coventry City’s midfield, the Scotland international decided to join the Blades after Chris Wilder took over at the club following his promotion with Northampton Town.
Many of the club’s fans were delighted with the deal to bring Fleck to Bramall Lane and took to Twitter to express their feelings on the move.
Simply quality, well done Sheffield United
— Christopher Ward (@wardychris1972) July 8, 2016
looks like we finally have a manager who will spend the budget wisely. #utb
— HGtips (@HGarner8) July 9, 2016
— Josh Schwartz (@swooz1990) July 8, 2016
great signing by Chris & the team; showing some intent – come on Blades!!!
— Mark Thompson (@mark_tomm) July 8, 2016
you’re spoiling us
— Bobby (@b_sufc) July 8, 2016
The 27-year-old enjoyed a great start to his career for the Blades and quickly established himself as a regular in the heart of their midfield during the 2016/17 season. With the club steamrolling towards promotion from League One by mid-April, Wilder’s side secured a return to the second tier by beating Northampton 2-1 in a game which saw Fleck score the decisive goal at Sixfields Stadium.
In the following campaign, the former Rangers ace stepped up his level of performance once again as he was instrumental in helping United finish in top half of the Championship, making 40 league appearances for the club.
However, although his first two seasons have seen him impress on both occasions, it can be argued that his finest season to date has been the current one. Fleck’s performances for the Blades have played a pivotal role in helping them sustain a battle for automatic promotion with the likes of Leeds United and Norwich City.
With seven games left to play, Wilder’s side are still in a great position to secure a top-two finish despite last Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Bristol City which allowed the Whites to leapfrog them in the standings. In what would be an incredible achievement for the club, Fleck may be about to become only one of a select number of players to appear in the Championship, League One and the Premier League for a single side.
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