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Leeds’ pursuit of Billy Sharp played down by Phil Hay

It seems as though Leeds won’t be signing their first-choice striker after Sky Sports reported that Southampton aren’t willing to strike a deal with Leeds for Che Adams.

However, that doesn’t mean the Whites don’t still need a forward through the door this month with Patrick Bamford the sole first-team option.

Fortunately, they’ve been linked with plenty of names, but it seems unlikely that one of those players will be signing as Phil Hay has stated that Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t fancy him.

What’s been said then?

As is tradition, the journalist has been bombarded by questions on Twitter asking for the latest transfer updates from Elland Road.

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Understandably, queries about Leeds’ interest in Billy Sharp came up, and the journalist seemed to write off any chance of that deal happening.

“Don’t think Bielsa is keen on Sharp. Not his type of centre forward. Can’t see them ever going back to Vydra after what happened first time, although football can be funny like that. Hasenhuttl doesn’t look like he’s budging on Adams.”

Can’t blame him

You can’t blame Bielsa for not fancying Sharp in the window. Despite the fact he’s a proven scorer, netting 23 league goals last term, his fitness is a questionable aspect.

The Argentine’s game is heavily centred around pressing and a lot of running, but the self-proclaimed ‘fat lad from Sheffield’ probably wouldn’t be able to deal with that pace, especially after a lack of game time this term – starting just once.

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Adam Forshaw from Middlesbrough, 2018

Sharp is a great poacher, but his contribution when his team aren’t in possession isn’t great, averaging just 0.4 tackles and 0.1 interceptions per game last term.

Is he a great striker at this level? Definitely, he’s scored more Football League goals this millennium than any other player, but he simply isn’t a Bielsa striker.

In other news, Leeds may finally be about to replace Chris Wood.

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