Billy Sharp scored the winning goal for Sheffield United this weekend against Norwich and in doing so fired himself into the record books once again.
After surpassing Ricky Lambert last season as English football’s highest goalscorer this century, Sharp went one better this past weekend.
The Blades skipper’s strike against the Canaries now means he is out on his own as the top scorer across all English leagues this century. His diving header at Bramall Lane put him onto 230 goals, ahead of legends such as Wayne Rooney.
It is yet another accolade for Sharp to pick up. The experienced striker had barely played since scoring on the opening day of the season. However, Chris Wilder has put his faith back in his skipper and been repaid in spades.
Sharp has scored three in his last four games, including winning goals against both Norwich and Millwall. Sharp also netted the vital equaliser against Bournemouth last month as the Blades saw off the Cherries at home.
After firing United to promotion last term, there were doubts over whether Sharp would cut it in the top-flight. Indeed, when Wilder splashed big sums on the likes of Oli McBurnie, Lys Mousset, and Callum Robinson, it looked like Sharp might be out of the picture.
Not that Sharp needs to do so but he is once again proving his worth. At 34, it is clear he is in the latter years of his career.
However, Sharp looks fitter and, pardon the pun, ‘Sharper’ than ever. The work done off the field at Bramall Lane is clearly benefitting the Blades skipper. It is, then, no coincidence that he is reaping the rewards late on in the season.
Sharp has picked up the mantle just when his team needed, too. Oli McBurnie is without a goal since scoring against West Ham while Lys Mousset has gone off the boil.
It goes without saying that Billy Sharp is a legend at Bramall Lane. This season and his latest accolade only cement his importance in this current Blades set up.