The signing of Billy Sharp for Leeds United will prove to be vital

Leeds United completed the signing of Billy Sharp on Wednesday, a player who has great experience in the Championship.

Leeds United are many bookies' and pundits favourites for relegation from the Championship this season and it's not hard to see why.

Takeover's from foreign owners generally don't work out as well as expected and Massimo Cellino's takeover got off to a bad start immediately when he was found guilty of tax evasion. Since then Brian McDermott has left the club (twice) and the new head coach at Elland Road is the relatively unheard of Dave Hockaday.

Judging by the club's signings this summer it is clear who seems to be calling the shots. With the vast majority of the signings arriving from Italy it looks unlikely that Hockaday is identifying the recruits. The Italian recruits didn't fare too well in the first league game on Saturday as they lost 2-0 to Millwall.

They beat Accrington Stanley in the Capital Cup first round on Tuesday but new signing Gaetano Berardi was sent off for a horrific tackle. It may take time for the new signings to adapt to the English game and the average age of the Leeds squad is very young.

The recruit of Billy Sharp from Southampton for an undisclosed fee is a vital transfer. Sharp has great experience at this level and will be able to hit the ground running. The 28-year-old has spent seven years at this level and helped Southampton to promotion in 2012 after scoring nine in 15 games following his arrival from Doncaster Rovers in January.

His spells at Doncaster are his most prolific in the Championship and he is a huge fan favourite at the club. He scored 40 league goals in a three year spell with them before re-joining on loan last season and scoring four in 12.

Perhaps more importantly Sharp is a player who plays with a huge amount of passion and desire and will always give his all on the pitch. The perfect example of this was on 2 November 2011. Just three days following the death of his two-day-old son Luey Jacob Billy had told Dean Saunders the manager of Doncaster at the time that he wanted to play in the game that night. Saunders could not refuse and Sharp netted a superb volley to open the scoring against Middlesbrough in the 14th minute. He celebrated by taking off his shirt, unveiling an undershirt that read "That's for you son!"

Sharp will be a big player for Leeds this season and his signing may just have changed any pre-season relegation worries.

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