The Sheffield Star reports that Sheffield United striker and captain Billy Sharp is ‘unlikely’ to leave the club in the January transfer window. Despite limited game time in recent weeks, the 31-year-old is still expected to be a Blade come January 31st at 11pm.

Sharp netted 30 goals last season to help Chris Wilder’s side finally achieved a return into the second-tier of English football, and has contributed eight more in this campaign. However, the likes of Clayton Donaldson and Jamie Wilson have been recruited, and with Leon Clarke a certain starter in attack, it has limited Sharp’s involvement over the last month or so.

Sharp, won began his career with the club, has been heavily linked with a move into Sky Bet League One with Bradford City, but it would appear they are merely just rumours. If Wilder were to sign another striker, then it could open the door for Sharp to move on. However, there isn’t anything to suggest that is in the pipeline, but it cannot definitely be ruled out.

Following the win over Norwich City at the weekend, where Sharp was an unused sub, Wilder said it is a squad game,

“There are a few lads who weren’t involved who have every right to be a bit disappointed.

“But they will be.

“We just wanted to change things are a little bit, for this one, and the lads did well.

“But, as I’ve always said, it’s not about the eleven, it’s about the group. Some of those haven’t done anything wrong.

“My captain (Sharp) isn’t getting many games at the minute. But everyone has an important part to play if we want to do what we believe we can.”

The likes of Daniel Lafferty, Nathan Thomas, Jake Wright, Caolan Lavery, Ben Heneghan and Samir Carruthers are those struggling for game time as well.

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