No player has scored more goals in English league football this century than Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp.

Sharp netted the Blades’ third in the 3-0 New Year’s Day victory over Wigan Athletic. It was the 32-year-old’s 220th in the EFL.

That strike put Sharp one ahead of Rickie Lambert in the overall table of league goals scored since 2000. It was also the skipper’s 16th in the Championship this season.

Sharp now has 95 goals for United alone. Having come through the academy at Bramall Lane it is unsurprising that the fans wanted to congratulate the forward on his impressive record.

Billy Sharp’s record

A product of the Blades’ youth system, Sharp made his debut for the club back in 2004. However, most of his early career was spent out on loan.

In three consecutive seasons Sharp was prolific in front of goal, scoring nine times in 16 appearances for Rushden and Diamonds in 2004/05 and then 53 league goals in just two years with Scunthorpe United.

Unfortunately, early on the forward struggled at Championship level. A further loan and then permanent move to Doncaster Rovers followed. Sharp scored 45 times in 102 games for them.

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A short but prolific spell at Southampton saw him finally get a brief chance in the Premier League but it didn’t work out. There were loans at Nottingham Forest, Reading and back at Doncaster before one unsuccessful season with Leeds United.

Then in 2015 United came calling again. Sharp returned to his boyhood club and two years later fired them to promotion from League One with 30 goals in 2016/17.

Now approaching his 33rd birthday the Blades legend looks as sharp as ever. Maybe he will get that chance back in the top flight after all.

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