Sheffield United’s very own comic book hero Billy Sharp has immortalised himself in Steel City folklore by captaining his boyhood club to the English topflight.
What a player, what a man. Billy Sharp’s story ranges from unimaginable tragedy to unrivalled joy and jubilation. The box predator has twice left his beloved Blades in pursuit of greener pastures but later returned to his one and only real passion to guide them to dreamland.
At the tender old age of 33, Sharp became the English Football League’s leading goal scoring this century when hoisting his already remarkable tally to 220 against Wigan in January.
Sheffield United fans had been in wonderland this season even before the magical Sharp waved his wand. Indeed, with Chris Wilder at the helm, another club favourite, the Blades have characters galore to stick their teeth into and pour out immeasurable quantities of passion and love; Sharp is the just the icing on the cake.
Wilder made Billy Sharp his captain in their final season in League One and the striker responded with an incredible 30 league goals as the Blades made their big return to the Championship – the gateway to heaven.
Although the club finished six points of the playoffs last season, Sharp still collected his routine haul of goals (13) and likely vowed to himself and the team that he would drag the team through thick and thin to get them back to the Premier League before his days were over. And here they are, doing just that after 23 oh so sweet goals from the self-proclaimed “fat lad from Sheffield”.
Supporters have an affinity to “one of their own”, they really do. It is a shared sense of belonging and pain you cannot find in external players, those who have not experienced the utter lows like they have, who have not lived and breathed dejection and horror. That is why Billy Sharp is so utterly loved. He is Sheffield United and Sheffield United is him.
Sheffield United fans, just how important is Billy Sharp to you? How much does he mean to the club going forwards in the Premier League? Join the discussion by commenting below…
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