The Sheffield United player skipper Billy Sharp describes as "a real menace to other teams"

His reaction to being dropped for Sheffield United's £22m record signing Sander Berge saw him labelled as a "fantastic example of a professional footballer" by the Blades manager Chris Wilder.

Tuesday, 10th March 2020, 6:00 am

And, after his assist on Saturday helped set up a 1-0 victory over Norwich City that keeps United's European aspirations on track, John Lundstram also came in for praise from his skipper, Billy Sharp.

Lundstram's perfect cross from the right saw Sharp power home a header for the only goal of the game, although Dean Henderson's astonishing save - with help from the crossbar and David McGoldrick - later in the game also proved crucial.

Lundstram was benched after Berge's arrival, but impressed off the bench - especially when scoring a late winner against AFC Bournemouth at Bramall Lane.

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Billy Sharp of Sheffield Utd celebrates scoring against Norwich: Alistair Langham/Sportimage

And in-form Sharp, who has now scored in three of his last four games, said of Lundstram: "When he's come on, like at Crystal Palace and other games, he's put in a shift and a good performance and the gaffer's thrown him in for a different reason.

"He gives us a lot of energy and he got an assist as well, which is important.

“He's got all the attributes. He runs so much in a game, he provides assists and goals. He's a real menace to other teams and a great player to have."

Berge was rested to the bench after suffering what he described as "brutal cramps" after playing 99 minutes of United's midweek FA Cup tie away at Reading. United travel to Newcastle United this weekend.