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Billy Sharp issues a defiant message ahead of Sheffield United season opener

Billy Sharp scores goals. That’s the message plenty of Sheffield United fans want to ram home to new manager Slavisa Jokanovic it seems.

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The Blades skipper is making his way back from injury and will be hoping to be involved in some way against Birmingham City this Saturday. Of course, given United’s depth up top, Sharp will be fully aware he’s got his work cut out again.

However, among United’s cluster of attackers, he remains the one who is most proven at Championship level. Sharp’s longevity and hunger for goals cannot be questioned, and there’s no doubt he’ll play a key role this term.

And ahead of the opener against Birmingham City this weekend, Sharp joined in on Twitter last night to issue a defiant message about his attitude to the campaign.

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Sharp has an impressive 114 Championship goals to his name. They form part of an even more impressive 247 career goals in just shy of 600 appearances.

It goes without saying, then, that Sharp knows where the back of the net is, even at the grand ‘old’ age of 35.

Billy Sharp to have key role, and not just on the pitch

Chris Wilder trusted Billy Sharp to keep the dressing room in order and there’s no reason why Slavisa Jokanovic won’t do the same.

John Egan is likely to wear the captain’s armband for most of the campaign but Sharp remains club captain for now. And rightly so.

There will be a role for Sharp this season. His record is second to none, and Jokanovic will know that. Yes, he likes to have players with pace in his side, but Sharp is a guarantee at this level.

Away from the pitch, Sharp is also going to be key off it. Keeping some continuity from the Wilder-era is going to be key. Sure, there has been big changes, but the club needs the likes of Sharp and co involved in the day to day aspect of things.

Finally, there’s a lot of young talent at the club. Rhian Brewster, in particular, can learn from Sharp.

In a nutshell, this Sheffield United team will be better with Billy Sharp in and around it. Whether that’s for ten games, or 46 games, the skipper will be important along the way.

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