Billy Sharp says George Baldock is the player who has embraced life at Sheffield United the most.

Sharp is a Blades academy product who was born and raised in the city – so the skipper already has a strong affinity with the club.

The same is true of Phil Jagielka, who came through the youth system and spent seven years in the first team before leaving for Everton in 2007.

Jagielka returned to Bramall Lane last summer after 12 years with the Toffees.

Yet for the rest of the squad, they have spent their formative years elsewhere. However, some of them have since developed a strong bond with United.

Sharp says this is true of many players, but specifically picked out Dean Henderson as one who has formed a special relationship with the fans. Henderson is currently midway through his second successive season on loan at the Blades from Manchester United.

But there is one other ahead of the goalkeeper.

Why Sharp thinks Baldock has embraced Sheffield United the most

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“He’s committed himself to Sheffield, bought a property in Sheffield,” Sharp said about Baldock in an SUTV Q&A.

“He loves being a Blade. Even if he wouldn’t admit it, I’m telling you he loves playing for Sheffield United.”

Baldock joined United from MK Dons in the summer of 2017 following their promotion from League One. The 27-year-old has since become integral to Chris Wilder’s wing-back system.

Playing on the right flank, Baldock has not missed a single minute of Premier League action this term, scoring two goals and providing three assists in the process.

The form of the full-back reportedly caught the eye of England manager Gareth Southgate back in January. Southgate had apparently “pencilled in” Baldock for a call-up.

Since then it seems to have become more likely the defender will play for Greece instead. Qualifying for the nation through one of his grandparents, Baldock was due to play in March’s international friendlies before they were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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