Well, we’ve got to do something to take our minds off this whole Coronavirus thing, might as well start looking ahead to the future.
Whether it be something short term like when exactly games are going to come back, because although most reports say it’s coming back on the 3rd April, that’s just the earliest date, we don’t know for sure if it’s going to go beyond that.
Or we can start looking ahead to the long-term, like just how long certain players are going to be staying with us at Bramall Lane, because there seems to be some very good news on that front.
In an interview with Yorkshire Live, Blades centre-back John Egan claims that a new deal isn’t going to be too far away, and by the sounds of it, although it’s not been confirmed, all signs are pointing in a very positive direction:
“Talks have just started. It’s between the powers that be to sort it out. I love this football club, I love playing for Sheffield United and it’s great that the gaffer values me highly.”
Is John Egan our most important player?
He played 90 minutes for us in all bar three games in the Championship last season, and has only missed out on the feat twice this current campaign, and add to that that he leads the team in blocks and clearances as well as being second in the team when it comes to interceptions, it’s clear to see that he’s been an integral part of the team both in the second division and the top flight.
And this goes back to the point I’ve made before on this site about keeping a decent core of players together rather than taking a big risk and bringing in a whole host of players during the summer and risk upsetting the balance, and given how well our defence has done this season, the second-best in the league when it comes to conceding goals, it’s imperative that we keep that part of the team together going into the next campaign, when and if that happens.
I suppose the next question is, if and when he signs it, when are we going to be able to see our ‘new signing’ in person?