Leeds United's new signing Billy Sharp has been pictured in training for the first time at his new club.
Billy Sharp has been pictured in training with Leeds United for the first time following his move from Southampton today.
The clinical striker signed for the Whites yesterday and completed his first training session for his new club today.
In the pictures, he can be seen being put through his paces – as part of head-coach David Hockaday’s fitness exercises for the players.
Hockaday has spoken about the importance of having one of the most hard-working teams in the division so it is likely that this side of the game is focused on heavily by the boss, who is already under pressure from the supporters to deliver.
Leeds fans were concerned with what direction this campaign was going to go with Hockaday in charge after the side were defeated in their opening game against Millwall, but the signings since have encouraged their supporters that the club could push on this year.
The Whites have brought in the aforementioned Sharp as well as Giuseppe Bellusci and Liam Cooper yesterday, whilst they are also said to be interested in Rotherham’s Kieran Agard and it has brought a positivity around Elland Road which had evaporated previously.
And, although all three look decent additions, Sharp’s signing has been the one which looks the pick of the bunch.
The 28-year-old has a tough task in replacing Ross McCormack, who left earlier in the summer to join Fulham in an £11million deal, but he is a proven goalscorer at this level and will add experience to a side with many players still trying to adapt to the English game.
Owner Massimo Cellino has targeted the Italian market for the majority of his signings meaning most of Leeds’s new additions were virtual unknowns to the fans.
However, Sharp’s credentials are widely known across the lower-leagues and he is a proven Championship scorer.
Leeds take on Middlesbrough on Saturday at Elland Road and Sharp is expected to be named in the starting line-up for the fixture, where the Whites will be looking to build on the positive atmosphere which is sure to be felt in the stands.