Leeds United need goals out of Billy Sharp

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Another Saturday has gone by without Leeds United fans celebrating three points, they are only remaining out of the relegation places at this point because of their competitors' similarly poor form. 

You hear a lot about the January blues, and the Yorkshire club needed a late equaliser to avoid defeat against the blues of Birmingham City.

Nontheless, as the temperatures drop around the country, the Championship club are feeling their chilling decent towards relegation - at this point, draws are no longer good enough.


The Elland Road outfit have now gone eight games and almost two months without a victory. Where does it stop?

If you look at that poor run of results, you will notice that they have not conceded more than two goals in one game - apart from the four they leaked at high-flying Ipswich Town which put them on the road towards League One. 


Compare that defensive record with table toppers Bournemouth, whom they meet this week in league action, and they aren't too different at all. It's in front of goal that Leeds are desperately short. 

They have relied a lot on the goals of Mirco Antenucci, but even the Italian has failed to produce thee goods in front of goal since the Ipswich drubbing. The likes of Adryan, Brian Montenegro, Souleymane Doukara and Steve Morison have similarly struggled to stand up and lead from the front.

However, the biggest concern has to be at Billy Sharp's lack of form.

Generally speaking, wherever the striker has played football, he has scored goals, especially so at Championship level. He has done it for Sheffield United, Doncaster Rovers, Southampton and Nottingham why not Leeds?


Perhaps this is a time for patience. This is one of the only major blips of form in his successful career until now, everybody knows he could and should have contributed more than the two goals he has already banged-in. 

Some are suggesting that a sale could well be on the cards, but that would be the very worst thing to do. Having already let Noel Hunt and Stephen Warnock leave, they can ill-afford to let another experienced and established player go.

Leave it until the end of the season, you can almost guarantee that Sharp will re-find his midas touch in front of goal; he usually hits around 10-per-season and can easily do so again.

It could well be the difference between relegation and staying up. 

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