Billy Sharp and Brian Deane are both legends of Sheffield United in almost equal measure, and the current Blades skipper has paid homage to the former Blades striker.
Deane – who scored the very first Premier League goal against Manchester United – is often regarded as the number one striker at Bramall Lane. In more recent times, especially, few can match Deane’s love-in with the United fans
Sharp, of course, is coming close. And in some people’s opinion, he’s probably surpassed Deane in some ways.
So it was nice to see on social media today Sharp send a tweet to Deane and admit that the giant former Blades striker was the reason he got into football in the first place. Sharp was replying on Twitter to Deane, who was touched by comments from Manchester City star Kyle Walker made about him.
Deane scored more than 90 goals for United during three spells with the club spanning between 1988 and 2006. Sharp, meanwhile, has surpassed his hero in red and white, hitting 115 goals for the Blades.
Two club legends
There are a few statues outside Bramall Lane at the moment and as the years tick by, calls for Billy Sharp to get his own get ever louder. It’s not something that can be ruled out, either.
Along with Deane, Sharp epitomises everything it is to be a Sheffield United player. Humble, hard-working, unaccepting of anything less than 100% effort, and a player who produces the goods as well.
Both Sharp and Deane are already written well into the club’s history books for their own reasons. So to see the current skipper send a touch of class to Deane is just great to see.
While Sharp continues to toil for United under Slavisa Jokanovic, you can only wonder how good Deane would be in the modern game.