Sheffield United star John Lundstram opens up on 'weird' new nickname and names Blades players FPL managers must sign

Few would have predicted the cult hero status Sheffield United's John Lundstram would have acquired before the 2019/20 season began, but the former Oxford United man has become a global sensation after excelling in the online game 'Fantasy Premier League' this season.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 12:19 pm

Few would have predicted the cult hero status Sheffield United's John Lundstram would have acquired before the 2019/20 season began, but the former Oxford United man has become a global sensation after excelling in the online game 'Fantasy Premier League' this season.

After being incorrectly categorised as a defender – and a bargain one at that - rather than a midfielder, the 25-year-old has been racking up the points for goals, assists and clean sheets - achievements that defenders score more highly for than other positions.

The Blades ace has been lavished with praise from FPL enthusiasts across the world, with Photoshopped Lionel Messi pictures and Ballon d'Or memes greeting his every tweet, and 'Lord Lundstram' becoming his rather grand new nickname.

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Discussing his rise to fame with FPL, Lunny said: "It (FPL fan reaction) is a bit mental. I get so many messages about it. All the lads have started calling me 'Lord', it's weird.

"But no, it's funny, it's a bit of banter isn't it? It's a good one to see. Didsy calls me 'Lord'."

Lundstram was also tasked with naming three Blades players that FPL managers should select for their sides.

He suggested: "I've got to be in it haven't I? I'm down as a defender, so I've got to be one. Flecky (John Fleck) is flying isn't he? So, got to say Flecky. Me, Flecky and Mouss (Lys Mousset)