Chris Wilder has confirmed that Billy Sharp will be staying at the club, for the immediate future at least.
Sharp has been pushed down the pecking order at Bramall Lane this season. The arrivals of Lys Mousset, Callum Robinson, and Oli McBurnie all working against the Blades skipper.
Despite getting the equalising goal on the opening day of the season at Bournemouth, Sharp has struggled for minutes. He did get a start a few weeks back against Newcastle but struggled to make an impact as United lost 2-0.
And speaking ahead of the trip to Man City this weekend, Chris Wilder admitted there had been some interest in Sharp.
“Billy’s obviously, what he’s done for the club, has been outstanding. There have been enquiries from teams as always,” Wilder said.
“But I’ve always been open with Billy. If he comes to me and says I might have to look elsewhere for regular football, then we’ll consider and see what’s available and do the best for Billy Sharp”.
Sharp is in his third spell with the club and fired in 30 goals as the Blades won League One a few years back. Similarly, he fired in the goals over two seasons as United got themselves out of the Championship.
No sentiment but nice honesty from Chris Wilder
It’s clear to see that Wilder loves Billy Sharp. He doesn’t have a bad word to say about him. And rightly so, as Sharp has been as important as anyone in United’s rise.
However, now into his 30s, Sharp might well be questioning whether he needs to be playing. He’s entering the last 18 months of his deal with the club too. These are all things an experienced player like Sharp needs to consider.
Of course, there’s always the chance the Blades and Wilder want Sharp around in a coaching capacity next season. But you get the impression, given his condition and thirst for goals, that Sharp will want to keep playing.
However, unlike Mark Duffy, if Sharp does leave, it will be the blessing of all involved and with a massive pat on the back.