The 2017/18 campaign promised a lot for Sheffield United, didn’t it Blades fans?
After adjusting to their new surroundings in the Championship, Chris Wilder’s side went on a brilliant run of form which saw them threaten to burst into the play-offs.
However, a poor defensive record culminated in the Yorkshire-based outfit finishing in 10th position. Knowing exactly what areas he needed to improve upon in the summer, Wilder decided to spend a reported fee of £4.05m to bring Brentford defender John Egan to Bramall Lane (via Transfermarkt).
Although it would have been considered a risk at the time to commit so much money into a deal for one player, it is now overwhelmingly clear that the former Northampton Town boss has pulled off a transfer masterstroke.
Since making his debut for United in a 2-1 defeat against Swansea City last August, Egan has gone from strength to strength and is one of the key reasons for why they are now within touching distance of a return to the Premier League.
Having formed a superb partnership with fellow centre-backs Chris Basham and Jack O’Connell, the 26-year-old has been giving the freedom to launch attacks in Wilder’s unique 3-5-2 system.
However, whilst he has offered the occasional threat going forward, it is his tremendous defensive capabilities which have transformed the Blades’ fortunes this year.
Whereas without Egan, United conceded 55 goals last season, his domineering presence at the back has seen the club let in just 39 in 44 matches which is the joint-best record in the Championship alongside Middlesbrough.
If the Blades can secure a top-two finish in May, the defender will be able to test himself against some of the best players in the world in England’s top-flight division.
Considering that he has arguably already repaid the fee spent on him last summer, Egan’s fantastic performances for United means that he deserves to be playing in the Premier League next season.
What do you think Blades fans? How impressed have you been with Egan this season? Can he thrive in the Premier League next year if you achieve promotion? Get in touch below.
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