Stevens Switches To Blades

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 22 May 2017

As expected, Enda Stevens will join Championship side Sheffield United on a three-year-deal in the summer as a free agent once his contract at Portsmouth expires.

Whilst it's a shame that Pompey will lose their player of the season and get nothing in return, the Blades are a bigger club playing in a better league and can offer him far more money than his current employers can.

Not only that, but playing in the second tier is likely to earn Stevens international recognition and he may well be called up to the Ireland squad in the future. He's certainly good enough to play at a higher level than League One and Chris Wilder has got himself a steal.

Enda will go with our best wishes after the part he has played in Pompey's success in the last two seasons. Paul Cook is going to find it difficult to replace him.

Difficult, but not impossible. Let's be honest, any team would rather lose their star left back rather than say, a striker capable of scoring twenty or more goals or a key creative midfielder. There will be other left backs available who could be snapped up.

Stevens will have to be replaced (unless Brandan Haunstrup can step up) but securing the services of an atacking player like Kyle Bennett who should flourish in League One is arguably more important. Pompey are going to need players who can create and score goals on a more regular basis now they've been promoted.

Being in League One and haing your players coveted by the bigger clubs in the Championship is now going to be an issue for Pompey.

It wasn't such a problem when Portsmouth's size and stature in the bottom tier meant they could fend off interest from third tier clubs, but the vultures like Leeds, Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday and co. are going to be interested in our team's best performers next season and will be an attractive proposition for anyone.

But for now, attention will surely turn to who the manager will bring in over the summer. There's no rush to get deals done as the current season isn't even over yet, so no need for panic!

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