Speaking to Football Insider, pundit Noel Whelan has sung the praises of Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp, also finding praise for the side as a whole as they aim to get promoted from the Championship.
Sheffield United have been one of the stories of the season, occupying third place, just a point behind Leeds.
It’s a fascinating race for the final promotion place with the race ebbing and flowing as the weeks go by.
Billy Sharp has had a major say in the Blades’ success this term, finding the net on 23 occasions in the league.
It’s a campaign that’s also seen him nominated for the Championship Player of the Year award.
Offering his thoughts to Football Insider, former Leeds man Whelan found praise for the club’s closest competition for an automatic promotion place. He said:
“So, second place, that’s really difficult to call right now. Sheffield United, they’ve done extremely well this season, Billy Sharp once again showing he knows where the back of the goal is.
“Fox in the box, he just gets better and better Billy Sharp and he’s pivotal to how Sheffield United have gone about their jobs this season. He’s Mr Sheffield United, so it’s well done to them but they’ll be looking for one last push from their players as well.
“It’s about capitalising on their mistakes and hoping we don’t mess up at the same time but I do see it going all the way through to the last game of the season. I hope it doesn’t.”
Sharp is the perfect example of what it means to play for the Blades and he is indicative of what has been achieved under Chris Wilder this season and in prior campaigns too.
The 33-year-old had a phenomenal record in League One with the club, but has shown he’s more than capable of bagging goals regularly at a higher level despite his age.
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He’s been imperative under the current manager and he sums up the kind of belief and mentality that Wilder has instilled in his players.
United don’t boast the proven Premier League quality players the likes of West Brom and Aston Villa have so it’s quite the achievement that they’re above both of them in the table.
Given their performances this season, they’d be hugely unfortunate not to go up.