John Lundstram has told The Daily Mail that it was the right decision to leave Everton in the summer of 2015 to join Oxford United, as the midfielder is now shining with Sheffield United in the Premier League.
Aged 21 and without a senior appearance for Everton, Lundstram was released by the Merseyside outfit despite impressing on loan at the likes of Doncaster Rovers, Yeovil Town, Scunthorpe United, Leyton Orient and Blackpool.
His release from his boyhood club four years ago saw Lundstram sign on at Oxford United. He made 104 appearances in just two seasons, which saw Sheffield United speng £700,000 to bring him to Bramall Lane (The Star).
Since then, he has clocked up 63 outings for the Blades and on Saturday afternoon he scored his second and third Premier League goals of the season – and indeed of his career – as his side beat Burnley 3-0. He spoke of his Everton exit in 2015.
“I’ve had a lot of knock-backs along the way,” Lundstram said. “It hasn’t been easy, but it’s a journey I wouldn’t change. I’m at the top now and hopefully I can stay there. I always believed I could play at the top.
“You grow as a person and as a player and maybe at the time when I was let go by Everton, I wasn’t ready. I didn’t think that at the time, but looking back, maybe they were right.”
TBR’s view – Would Lundstram get a game at Everton, now?
Lundstram’s form has been superb for the Blades this season, but it must be said that Chris Wilder’s players are excelling this season because of the manager’s tactics – and because the select players are performing well together, as a unit.
If Lundstram, or indeed any of Sheffield United’s players, were to leave Bramall Lane, they could struggle as they would become singled out – rather than the collective they are under Wilder.
Would Lundstram get a game at Everton? He would be a good squad player and probably would get game time following Andre Gomes’ injury. But the likes of Tom Davies and Fabian Delph would be ahead of Lundstram in the pecking order.