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Sheffield United: Billy Sharp not the main man amid promotion dreams

Sheffield United: Billy Sharp not the main man amid promotion dreams

Billy Sharp may have fired in the goals to get the Blades within touching distance of automatic promotion this season yet the form of his strike-partner could prove pivotal over the coming weeks.

David McGoldrick has scored on eleven occasions for Chris Wilder’s side during their Championship campaign but has been experiencing somewhat of a drought in recent games having failed to find the target in five games.

Following the departure of Leon Clarke and Ben Woodburn in January, Sheffield United have inadvertently put more pressure on Sharp to lead the line as both Gary Madine and Scott Hogan have failed to provide the necessary impact in-front of goal since their arrival at Bramall Lane.

In order for the Blades to reach the promise land of the Premier League at the end of the season, McGoldrick will almost certainly have to return to form as Norwich City and Leeds United show no signs of slowing down in the hunt for the top two spots in the Championship.

An injury to top-scorer Sharp could prove to be devastating for the Blades in their hunt for promotion yet even if their veteran forward stays fit, his fellow forwards will need to step up at some point if they are to overcome a tough run-in.

Wilder’s side face the likes of Leeds United, Bristol City and in-form Brentford over the next three weeks with the fixture against the Bees occurring on Tuesday night.

The 31-year-old forward has previous experience of playing in England’s top flight division during a five-year spell at Southampton and his calm aura whilst on the pitch could help his side overcome any nerves that they may experience.

A second promotion in three years would cap off a meteoric rise since the arrival of Wilder from Northampton Town who joined the club after they limped to a disappointing eleventh placed finish in League One under previous boss Nigel Adkins.

A fairytale indeed, but Sharp isn’t the protagonist.

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