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What does Leeds United arrival Edgar Cani mean for Billy Sharp?

Billy Sharp may have to work even harder at Leeds United following the arrival of Edgar Cani.

The BBC was among the many sources to confirm that Leeds United had agreed a deal to sign Edgar Cani on loan from Catania on deadline day.

It’s a good deal for the club and offers Neil Redfearn an extra option up front, but what does it mean for one of the club’s more popular first team squad members, Billy Sharp?

Sharp showed against Huddersfield that he’s still got a good touch in front of goal, coming off the bench to nod in the winner against the Terriers, which allowed Leeds to secure a second win after the victory against Bournemouth.

With Neil Redfearn showing a recent trend of using Mirco Antenucci and Steve Morison as his first choice strikers, there is a danger for Sharp that he may now find it even more difficult to get regular game time at Elland Road.

Cani represents a challenge to Sharp although the latter has experience of Championship football, which is arguably what the side needs over the rest of the season to start climbing the table.

He knows the division, he knows the physical nature of the game and he knows how competitive the league is. It’s perfectly reasonable to suggest that he’s a better choice than the incoming Albanian.

It’s also significant in terms of Sharp that he hasn’t already pressed harder to try and find a way out of the club.

He doesn’t seem willing to take the easy option, and that desire to play and succeed in a Leeds United shirt is a commodity that the club can’t buy in the transfer market with any signing.

He’s got two choices - he can either stay and fight for his place or push for a loan move away when the loan transfer window opens next week.

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