Everybody is going to find life difficult in the summer transfer window. All clubs are losing revenue as a result of the pandemic and transfer business could remain very difficult.
That is why chairman Alan Pace will have to be smart with his business as he looks to bolster the thin nature of Burnley's current playing squad. The American businessman should be keeping tabs on a player who looks set to be relegated from the Premier League with his current team.
John Lundstram, 27, is a jack-of-all-trades midfielder who burst onto the scene in the 2019-20 campaign. He scored five goals and got three assists, thriving in a role that allowed him to be the spare-man in attacks, making effective runs from deep into goal-scoring positions.
Under former manager Chris Wilder, the Englishman had to become comfortable playing in a variety of positions, including central defence, with Wilder's system requiring a lot of in-game fluidity.
Such tasks aren't asked of players at Turf Moor, but the attributes of Lundstram would be greatly appreciated in the two-man middle.
Ashley Westwood, Jack Cork and Josh Brownhill have competed well for the two spots, but you can never not have enough competition. Brownhill also has a tendency to be deployed from the right and Lundstram's versatility could be put to good use by manager Sean Dyche. Erik Pieters has played at left-back, left-midfield, right-midfield and centre-back!
The Blade is out-of-contract in the summer and he had been seeking a move away from the Bramall Lane for some time. Lundstram has since claimed that he is open to staying in Yorkshire, following the departure of Wilder. However, with nothing yet finalised, Lundstram could still be on the move.
Free agents have been wonderful acquisitions for Burnley in the past ― look no further than Scott Arfield and Tom Heaton. Of course, such signings come with minimal financial risk and Lundstram still has the best years of his career ahead of him.
Adding depth to the centre of midfield will be a priority for Dyche but, with good starters already in place, it's not a position that requires a big money splurge.
Money will not be falling from trees, despite the change in ownership, but proactivity in the summer can lead to a good window of transfer business.