Billy Sharp is thankful to the Leeds United fans for their support throughout the season.
Billy Sharp has spoken to BBC Radio Leeds of the appreciation he has for the Leeds United fans.
Sharp joined the West Yorkshire outfit from Premier League club Southampton in the summer transfer window.
Much was expected of the 28-year-old striker, but he has failed to play regularly for Leeds and is largely seen as a squad player.
On Saturday, the Englishman started Leeds’s clash against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on the substitutes’ bench.
However, it was Sharp who scored his team’s second goal in the 2-1 win in the 90th minute, just three minutes after coming on.
The former Sheffield United star was delighted with his role in Leeds’s win and thanked the fans for their support throughout the season.
“The fans have been absolutely fantastic since I joined the club,” Sharp told BBC Radio Leeds. “I have not scored near enough goals as I would have liked to, but I have not played much either. The fans have stood by me, and that one was for them.”
Leeds may be struggling against relegation from the Championship, but the club’s fans remain loyal and one of the best in England.
Despite his winner against Huddersfield, Sharp is unlikely to start games regularly this campaign, but he showed on Saturday that he can make an impact when coming off the bench.
In 19 Championship appearances so far this season, Sharp has scored three goals and created nine chances, while having a pass accuracy of 69% and a shot accuracy of 35%.
Last month, The Yorkshire Evening Post reported that Championship high-flyers Ipswich Town were interested in signing Sharp on loan for the rest of the season.
Leeds manager Neil Redfearn clearly did not want to let go of the much-experienced striker, and it now appears to have been a sound decision.