When Gillingham signed John Egan following his Sunderland launch in 2014, few would have predicted that the centre-back would go on to be a daily within the Premier League and for his nation.
After failing to make a single look for Sunderland’s first crew throughout his time on the Stadium of Gentle, the Republic of Eire centre-back was launched from his contract eight years in the past, making the transfer to the Gills in League One.
There, he would develop into an instantaneous hit, scoring 11 targets in simply 92 appearances for the Essex membership earlier than his transfer to Brentford in 2017, the place he continued to shine within the Championship, scoring seven targets in 71 appearances for the Bees.
Sheffield United then paid £4m to signal him in 2018, breaking their club-record switch payment so as to take action, and with Sunderland having simply been relegated from the Championship to League One which 12 months, the Black Cats could have been starting to significantly remorse their mistake.
Egan has develop into a followers favorite with Sheffield United, making 179 appearances for the Blades in his 4 years at Brammall Lane, together with 67 appearances within the prime flight.
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He appears set to be a key a part of Paul Heckingbottom’s aspect this season as they appear to win promotion again to the Premier League, and has starred in his 12 appearances up to now, averaging a robust 6.99 ranking from WhoScored for his performances.
Unsurprisingly, the centre-back attracted Premier League curiosity in the course of the summer time, with West Ham informed to pay £12m for his providers, however he remained with the Blades as they at present prime the second tier.
Egan can be a daily with the Republic of Eire, having earned 26 caps for his nation, and supervisor Stephen Kenny was filled with reward for him after he saved Cristiano Ronaldo quiet in a 0-0 draw towards Portugal solely final 12 months
He mentioned: “For my part, I believe John Egan may play within the Champions League.”
Subsequently, contemplating Egan’s meteoric rise since leaving the Stadium of Gentle, Sunderland undoubtedly made a giant mistake in by no means giving him an opportunity within the first crew when he was youthful.