Leeds currently boast one of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League with Patrick Bamford. The 27-year-old one of the highest scoring players this season, up there with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Son-Heung min and Jamie Vardy (via BBC Sport).
But had they decided not to cash in on an equally impressive target man five years ago, they could have had a lethal strike duo on their hands.
The Whites signed Billy Sharp for just the lone season back in 2014 before moving him on to boyhood club Sheffield United. They swiped him from Southampton after he netted 10 goals in 18 appearances on the south coast and paid a nominal fee for his services – a reported £270,000.
Sharp’s time at Elland Road was a little off-pace, scoring just five times in a total of 35 Leeds matches. However, former club owner Massimo Cellino didn’t give him much time to rediscover his form before cashing in for a minuscule profit.
Leeds sold the striker for just £635,000 after one term into his two-year deal. But their loss has absolutely been Sheffield United’s gain.
Since rejoining the Blades, Sharp has fired home an impressive 94 goals, with his best season coming in 2016/17 when he netted 30 and contributed a further eight assists in the Championship (via Transfermarkt).
He has undoubtedly been Chris Wilder’s key man over the last few seasons and they would have arguably not won promotion without him. But seeing him in such strong form will have Marcelo Bielsa green with envy over the possibilities of what he and Bamford could create together.