How John Lundstram views the challenge of £22m man Sander Berge as pair compete for same Sheffield United place

John Lundstram concedes he has to rise to the challenge brought by new boy Sander Berge if he is to regain his starting place for Sheffield United.

Monday, 17th February 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Monday, 17th February 2020, 5:00 pm
Sheffield United’s Sander Berge is substituted for Sheffield United’s John Lundstram at Crystal Palace: Paul Terry/Sportimage

But the midfielder, who came off the bench to score United's winner last weekend against AFC Bournemouth, is confident he can compete with the £22m Norweigan international after he joined United late in the January transfer window.

Berge has started both of United's games since his club-record move, with Lundstram on the bench.

But the Liverpudlian replaced Berge off the bench against Crystal Palace and Bournemouth and impressed on both occasions - capped by the winner against Bournemouth.

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"Sander has come in and done really well, with two wins on the bounce," Lundstram told The Star.

"He's obviously a fantastic player but we've all got to stand up now and rise to the challenge, and that's what we're all trying to do.

"Not just with Sander but with all the new signings the gaffer's brought into the club. It's only good for the squad and the club, and these lads raising their game and competing for places can hopefully propel us up the table.

"New players coming in raises the standards of everyone, definitely. It gives everyone a lift when players come in who play your position.

"And because you're all fighting for the shirt at the end of the day, it's good competition.

"And you need that, I think, in the squad. It's great around the place at the minute."