Billy Sharp scored his 11th Championship goal of the season on Saturday as Sheffield United beat Reading.

Sharp now has 90 strikes for the Blades as he helped them to a 2-0 victory at the Madejski Stadium. They sit third in the table.

This is just the latest success in what has been a prolific career for the striker, who came through the United academy and made his debut during the 2004/05 campaign.

In fact Sharp is well on his way to becoming the highest scorer in English league football this century.

Sharp goal record

Since the turn of the millennium, the 32-year-old has netted an impressive 215 goals in the EFL. To put that into context Wayne Rooney, who is four months Sharp’s senior, has 208 strikes in English football from the same period.

Rooney sits third on the list of highest scorers in the top four tiers in England since 2000. There is just one player ahead of Sharp – Rickie Lambert.

Lambert has 219 goals to his name, but the former Southampton forward has since hung up his boots and announced his retirement from the game.

Sharp is just four goals short of the 36-year-old and with the rate he is currently scoring could well surpass him before the current season is out.

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This incredible achievement is testament to the hard work and professionalism the Blades captain has shown throughout his career.

Aside from disappointing spells at Leeds United and Reading, Sharp has been a consistent scorer. His record with United and Doncaster Rovers stands at almost a goal every other game. With Scunthorpe United, Southampton, and Rushden and Diamonds he bettered that.

Sharp may never have made it at Premier League level, but has more than 100 goals in both the Championship and in League One.

And who knows, if things continue as they are perhaps the attacker could finally make his mark in the top flight with United in 2019/20.

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