In a season full of off the field problems and disappointing on field performances Leeds United have had one major problem. We have not scored enough goals and we concede far too many. With the signing of Sol Bamba and the emergence of Liam Cooper the problem of leaking goals could (a very optimistic could with our recent record) be a thing of the past.
But we still don’t have a player who will score every game. Mirco Antenucci looked like he would be the man to do it for a while, but the goals have since dried up. Souleymane Doukara and Steve Morison do not score enough goals or add enough to the team to be considered our saviour. Billy Sharp, on the other had, is a proven goal scorer at this level.
Sharp has made 18 appearances for the club this season, scoring three goals. But ten of those appearances have been from the bench, with ten or 15 minute cameos in games. Sharp had a run in the team after his debut against Middlesbrough, which he scored a late winner, but was dropped for the win against Bournemouth in September.
The team finally seems to be gelling the way that Redfearn wants, but bar Sharp’s goal at the death against Huddersfield it would have been a third draw in four games and where we are in the table that’s simply not good enough.
This season Leeds have not replaced Ross McCormack who notched 28 league goals last season. When Sharp signed in August the general consensus was that we had signed a guy who could score 20-25 goals a season. But a combination of a poor run of form from the team and Sharp himself saw him lose his place in the side.
Nevertheless, an unbeaten run in the league in 2015 and two wins from four is starting to show a revitalised Leeds team. But five goals in five games isn’t good enough to get us out of trouble. Watford, Reading and Middlesbrough are waiting in the coming month and Leeds need to open up and start scoring goals. With the way Leeds are set up at the moment the midfielders are given the chance to press forward and support the attack which will result in much more chances being created. Who else is more fitting to lead the line than a guy who puts the simple chances away in his sleep? Days like the game at Derby where we did not have a single shot will be a thing of the past.
Sharp’s celebration against Huddersfield proves how much he wants to do well at Leeds. Five points separate Leeds from the bottom three, but six points separate the side from 10th. If Leeds can get Sharp firing on all cylinders relegation can be a thing of the past.