Sheffield United have enjoyed a superb start to the 2018/19 Championship season, and went into the recent international break top of the second-tier table.
And after 12 league games, prestigious football magazine FourFourTwo has published its list of the 10 best Championship players so far this season… with only one Blade making the list.
And rather than being star goalkeeper Dean Henderson, midfield stalwarts Ollie Norwood and John Fleck or in-form strikers David McGoldrick or Billy Sharp, the player in question is centre-half John Egan.
The former Brentford man overcame a slightly shaky start to his Blades career after making a club-record £4m move from Brentford in the summer, and has established himself as one of Chris Wilder’s key men in their recent good run of form.
“The Blades broke their club record to buy Egan for a fee in excess of £4million from Brentford last summer, and the defender is proving to be worth every penny,” FourFourTwo’s Adrian Clarke writes.
Playing in the middle of a back three and often acting as a sweeper, the 25-year-old exudes calm authority.
“A terrific reader of the game, assertive in his decision-making and a wonderful passer, Egan is instrumental to the way that Chris Wilder likes his expansive side to play.
“The Irishman has been a model of consistency, and Sheffield United have a strong chance of achieving promotion if he stays fit.”
Egan is a place ahead of Sheffield Wednesday’s Adam Reach in the rankings, with West Brom duo Dwight Gayle and Harvey Barnes joining Brentford’s Neal Maupay in the top three.