Former Sheffield United midfielder Keith Gillespie has exclusively told Football FanCast that the Blades’ “poor” campaign could see them struggle to cash-in on some of their players this summer.
Since losing heavily at Chelsea back in November, United have been rooted to the bottom of the Premier League for the entire campaign, and are likely to have their relegation back to the Championship confirmed in the coming weeks.
Sheffield United finished 8th in their first season back in the top-flight in what proved a well-oiled machine under Chris Wilder, but they’ve struggled at both ends of the pitch this term.
Following the recent departure of Wilder, it promises to be a summer of change at Bramall Lane, especially with a host of players out of contract this summer, including one of last season’s major success stories in John Lundstram, and Gillespie believes their lacklustre campaign could affect their transfer plans.
He told Football FanCast: “In terms of the performances this season, because Sheffield United haven’t won games and have been poor this season, clubs are going to go ‘there’s nobody really I want to pick from Sheffield United’ that’s going to improve their side. Last season [John Lundstram] he was fantastic, popped up with a lot of goals, but this season has been more difficult.
“I know he’s out of contract, but he’s been a very good signing for him and somebody that definitely they would want to hold on to to help them get back to the Premier League. But if somebody comes knocking from the Premier League, he isn’t turning that down.
“You want to be playing as much Premier League football as possible, because it is a short career, so you can understand players making that decision.”
With no permanent manager and some of their best players possibly eyeing moves away from Bramall Lane, by the time Sheffield United get their Championship campaign underway in early-August, they could have very different look about them.