Date: 16th August 2018 at 8:00am
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The 2018/19 Championship season is only a few weeks old with Sheffield United taken just three points from a maximum of nine and with ‘time wasting’ Norwich City set to make the long journey from Norfolk to the Steel City, United will need to turn to a striker who can steer them to victory.

The transfer window may be shut but that doesn’t prevent Football League clubs from loaning players until January before completing a permanent deal. Clubs have until the end of August to complete such a transaction before the window shuts entirely and won’t re-open until 1st January 2019.

Chris Wilder has already dug into the transfer market with midfielder Oliver Norwood (from Brighton) last Monday. There is speculation that another player will join the Bramall Lane club before this weekend’s home fixture with Norwich City. Suggestions are that a striker is likely with a number of players linked. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) and Charlie Austin (Southampton) to name a select few. Though we have hinted that we would like United to sign Nahki Wells from Burnley.

All seem like a pie in the sky transfer target but in today’s football where the Championship is fast becoming an extension to the Premier League, who knows!

Even if the Blades fail to add to their attacking force they could already have a scoring machine right in front of them. He wasn’t always first choice last season but captain Billy Sharp has fired himself into the record books.

Since re-signing for a third time in 2015 by former boss Nigel Adkins, the striker has netted 67 goals with only Harry Kane netting more. He netted 21 goals in his first season and 30 in his second as the Blades won promotion to the Championship as Champions!

Last season he netted 14 goals despite only starting 28 league games.

The Blades stumbling start began with defeats to Swansea City and Middlesbrough – both difficult sides to beat but Sharp wasn’t in the starting XI. He began in attack at QPR and netted the equalising goal. No doubt he would have taken the penalty which led to Blades winner, had David McGoldrick not replaced him a minute earlier.

He was linked with a move to the MLS earlier in the year and as the transfer window was slightly nudged open a bid from Sunderland was rejected.

Having scored in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw (followed by a penalty shoot-out defeat) to Hull City the skipper has notched twice already this season and will no doubt be firm favourite to start against the Canaries.

He hasn’t always had the fans backing but his statistics prove a lot. With Billy up front United can march on and (hopefully) upwards.

  • 2015/16 – 21 goals
  • 2016/17 – 30 goals
  • 2017/18 – 14 goals
  • 2018-19 – 2 goals (so far!)

2 Replies to “Ex Leeds Striker Could Prove Catalyst in Shaping Blades Season”

  • Of course you are right without Sharpe It is hard to know where the goals would come from.He looks slow and he looks as if he would not trouble the goalkeepers but you would be mistaken .He has the knack of finding the net and without him the Blades would really struggle .That is why it is vital that Chris Wilder gets another goal scorer on the books.

  • Billy Sharp is the be all and end all at the Lane, his performances have brought the whole team together and being the skipper makes him a leader in his own right. The fact that he doesn’t get to start in certain matches is beyond belief really, because what he’s capable of coming off the bench he changes matches, he creats chances to score out of nothing. He scares the life out of other team’s back four or three with his movement and desire to win every match he play’s in. The goals he’s scored are premier league quality, it’s a damn shame he’s the wrong side of 30 but you’ve got to say that when he play’s he scores, simple as that. I hope he play’s till he’s 40 and even then he’ll still put the ball in the back of the net. I don’t think that he’ll ever leave sheff united he belongs with the club be it player or backroom staff, the experience he’s got he can surely pass it on to the academy lad’s coming through and make them better player’s at the beginning of their careers. He’s got over 200 plus goals to his name so he’ll go down in the blades hall of fame when he does retire as a legend, just like all the other legends that’s wore the blades jersey, but before that happens he needs to start every match he’s proved that leaving him on the bench the team seems to stall, to be in the starting line-up it helps the team knowing he’s there to guide them and fight from the start to finish not go one down in the early stages of matches it means where chasing and that’s when we fail in matches we should win. Play your strongest player’s from the start not wait till half time and then make a sub, fresh legs are needed but we could finish matches off in the first half with the quality we have this season in the team. Chrissy Wilder play Billy Sharp at the start, he’ll prove his worth just you watch.

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