Leeds United boss Darko Milanic understands the frustrations of striker Billy Sharp following his recent exclusion from the first team.
The former Southampton striker has found himself out of the first-team picture since Milanic’s arrival as new boss despite his previous involvement.
Sharp’s only contribution over the past three matches has been a seven-minute substitute appearance at the end of the 0-0 home draw with Reading causing fans to ask questions.
Speaking ahead of the derby clash at home to Sheffield Wednesday, Milanic touched on his striker’s frame of mind and admitted he’s not happy with the current situation.
“He’s not happy with the situation and I understand this. He’s a good (player). All the team have to make a good job in training and then they have an opportunity to play.” He said, quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Sharp arrived at Elland Road on a two-year deal after owner Masssimo Cellino earmarked him as a possible replacement for former striker Ross McCormack.
The 28-year-old made his debut for the club on 16 August, helping the Whites to a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough by scoring a late winner.
His form since then has dipped slightly despite the club’s previous upturn in results. His last start for Leeds was the during the 3-1 victory away at Bournemouth.
Since then, fellow strikers Antenucci and Doukara have been the preferred front two despite the duo firing blanks at Brentford and then again in the 0-0 midweek clash at home to Reading.
Milanic has hinted that his current team selection is dependent on performances in training rather than previous games, therefore Sharp knows he has to work extra hard at Thorp Arch if he is to win his place back in the side.