Billy Sharp: Is Leeds United's saviour sitting on their bench?

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Do Leeds need to find a way to fit summer signing from Southampton, Billy Sharp into their line-up?

Billy Sharp started the season in impressive form for Leeds, hitting an important winner over Middlesbrough.

Since then he has been hit by injury and lost his place in the side, with the team struggling for form.

The 28-year-old has not played 90 minutes since August, and came off the bench only in the 89th minute in the 2-1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers at the weekend.

The problem Sharp faces is the two players in front of him, Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara have done very little to merit being dropped.

The pair are linking up well also with Adryan in attacking midfield, and Neil Redfearn is reluctant to change it up.

What he may want to ask himself, is (a) could it be even better with Sharp in the side, or (b) should Sharp be coming on earlier.

In the last five games he has played off the bench, the most time in a single game he has had is 22 minutes, then 14, and three games of seven minutes or less.

This is not enough impact for Sharp to stake his claim for a regular spot, or help the team.

With Leeds struggling to hold onto leads, adding a new attacker into the mix earlier will give the team a fresh impetus and the opposition further cause for concern.

The bold choice would be for Sharp to start against Derby, but a show of confidence like that may be exactly what he needs, and what the team require to give them a lift after the disappointing loss against Blackburn.

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