Sheffield United won out at Millwall yesterday and once again captain, Billy Sharp, led the team out.
It was the second start in as many games for the Blades skipper. After getting the nod against Man City – and doing well – in midweek, Chris Wilder gave Sharp another chance in London.
And despite missing a couple of chances, Sharp proved to everyone just how important he is to the club and squad.
Yes, he missed a sitter in the second period that he was visibly upset with. But, his overall game was that of a striker who knows their role in the team and has adapted as the years have ticked by.
No longer blessed with the pace to run in behind as much, Sharp’s hold up play was superb.
He laid on the goal for Mo Besic (to an extent) and was heavily involved as Ollie Norwood rifled in a second for United.
In terms of staking a claim for a regular start, few put in a better display than Billy Sharp yesterday.
Sharp still has it
We mentioned his hold up play above. Time and again during the game, Sharp got his body between man and ball and brought teammates into play.
It was great to see, as a Sheffield United fan. An experienced striker, content with being on the field of play and even more content with simply keeping hold of the ball.
Of course, Sharp’s lust for more goals was also on display. A ‘sharp’ bit of movement in the first-half allowed Chris Basham to slot him in on goal. The striker did little wrong and saw his effort cleared off the line.
In the second half, a classic bit of movement saw Leon Clarke flick Sharp in again. No one else even seemed to see the danger. But Sharp did, he darted in knowing Clarke could play it in.
As for the finish, well the skipper was as disappointed as anyone not to slot home.
Keep him here
After being linked with a move away in January, this performance epitomised just why Chris Wilder wants him at the club.
He gets into goalscoring positions that others don’t seem too. His movement around the penalty area is second to none, while his influence on the team overall was impressive.
For all the talk of a move, Billy Sharp showed yesterday just why he was, and still is, a key member of the Blades attack.