Billy Sharp comments on his January exit rumours after reported Leeds United interest
The recall of loan striker Eddie Nketiah by Arsenal provided Leeds United with a big challenge in the January transfer window. The West Yorkshire side needed a new striker to help them in their Championship promotion chase.
In the end, they snapped up exciting French talent Jean-Kevin Augustin from RB Leipzig on loan.
But before they got their hands on Augustin, a familiar name from the past was linked with a potential Elland Road return.
That player was Billy Sharp, captain at Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United who had beaten Leeds to automatic promotion last season.
As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds were considering a move for Sharp as they struggled to do a deal with Southampton for Che Adams.
Sharp was not playing regularly for the Blades, who have taken the Premier League by storm, and it was suggested he could be coaxed back to Elland Road, where he spent the 2014-15 season before heading back to his beloved Bramall Lane home.
But now Sharp has made it clear that was never the case. Speaking to talkSPORT this weekend, after scoring a crucial goal against Bournemouth, Sharp insisted he had absolutely no intention of leaving Sheffield United in the January transfer window.
“I had a lot of offers. If I’d have been able to do a bit of media [at the time] I’d have put it to bed on day one.
“I didn’t want to leave. I’m the captain of this football club. I wasn’t playing much [earlier in the season], but I always believed I would get a chance…
“…But in my head I always knew I wanted to stay here. I want to be at this club for the rest of this season and next – for as long as I can really.”
Some Leeds fans will no doubt be happy that the club managed to bring in a player of Augustin’s quality instead of Sharp.
However, it could be argued that Sharp would have been a far more effective signing. He would have arrived game-ready for Bielsa and when it comes to scoring goals in the Championship Sharp is one of the best in the game. In fact, only David Nugent and Ross McCormack have scored more.
But it seems Sharp is ready to play his role in Sheffield United’s battle for European battle, whatever that role may be.
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