Stats: Leeds United's Billy Sharp v Fulham's Ross McCormack so far this season

Ross McCormack warming up for Leeds United

A look at how Leeds' newest face compares to their expensively departed striker.

Fulham bought Ross McCormack for a staggering £11 million this summer, with Leeds signing Billy Sharp as a replacement for a fee officially undisclosed, but reported to be around one tenth of the price.

So far this season it has not been a positive start for McCormack, but Sharp has not lit up the goal charts either.

Did Fulham buy a dud? Have Leeds signed the right man? Those questions will be answered over the course of the campaign, but what we can assess factually is the impact made by each so far this season.

Here is a look at how Sharp and McCormack's Championship displays in 2014/15 to date compare:

  TeamAppsGoalsShotsAssistsPass CompletionTacklesDribblesBookings
Ross McCormack Fulham 5 0 10 1 80.4% 4 2 1
Billy Sharp Leeds 4 1 5 1 68.4% 4 3 1

Clearly it is early days, but initial signs should make Leeds fans confident they have pocketed a vastly over-inflated sum for the Scottish forward.

Sharp has more goals despite taking half the number of shots, with both players creating a single strike themselves.

Remarkably however the bookies make McCormack twice as likely to land up as the Championship's Golden Boot winner. SkyBet have the Fulham star listed as 20/1 to finish top scorer despite his slow start, while Sharp sits at 40/1.

If you are after a value long-shot bet, then initial signs show show Sharp has as good a chance if not better than the man he is replacing, who can't seem to buy a goal at the moment.

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