Speaking to Sky Sports, Billy Sharp has admitted that Leeds United did not see the best of him, ahead of his first return to Elland Road with Sheffield United this weekend in the Sky Bet Championship.
Sharp spent the 2014/15 campaign with Leeds, but struggled to make a major impact in West Yorkshire, with the Whites in a difficult period under the ownership of Massimo Cellino. The striker started just 17 Championship fixtures for Leeds, managing to score just five goals in a white shirt before moving back to Bramall Lane to link up with Sheffield United.
Speaking about his time at Elland Road ahead of his return, Sharp admitted Leeds did not see his best, he said: “I don’t think they did see the best of me. It was a stop-start time there, we had three managers while I was there and the club wasn’t stable like it is now.” Leeds have significantly improved in the last year, and now are looking to end their long wait for a Premier League return, Sharp admitted he was pleased for his old club, he continued: “The club is doing really well and I’m happy for them, but I’m happy because I’m playing for Sheffield United and I’ve had some really good seasons since I’ve been here.”
The 31-year-old scored 30 goals last season for the Blades to help them back to the Championship, where he has continued to excel this year. Sharp has five goals to his name in the current campaign, helping Chris Wilder’s side enjoy a magnificent start to the season, which sees them sit third heading into tonight’s clash at Elland Road.
Victory for the Blades at Elland Road will see them move top of the Championship table ahead of tomorrow’s fixtures, whilst Thomas Christiansen’s Leeds, who sit fourth, are looking to narrow the four point gap to Sheffield United.
Sharp was not at his best during his time at Elland Road, but there are no hard feelings between Leeds’ supporters and the striker, with the majority understanding the situation he found himself in during his time at the club.
Leeds have improved significantly since Sharp’s departure, just as Sheffield United have since his return.
The striker will want to prove himself in front of Elland Road this evening against Leeds, and he will be one of a number of players Christiansen’s side will have to be cautious of.
Leeds fans… Let us know your thoughts!