Neil Redfearn admits Leeds United striker Billy Sharp was probably 'disappointed' after recent snub

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Sharp was the one of four strikers not to get on the pitch v Brighton in midweek.

Leeds United's recent good run came to an end at Brighton in midweek, as they were beaten 2-0 by The Seagulls. It was a game in which Neil Redfearn's men really struggled to get a foothold and overall deserved to lose.

But it also highlighted the imbalance in the team that Redfearn has been speaking about recently. Leeds had four strikers on the bench for the game.

Edgar Cani, Mirco Antenucci, Soluleymane Doukara and Billy Sharp were all on the bench. Three of them came on, one of them didn't - that one was Sharp.

Needless to say he did not appear happy at his place on the bench. He favourited several Tweets criticising that decision from the Leeds boss - which was swiftly spotted by many an observer.

But the Leeds boss is not concerned. Speaking in his pre-Watford press conference earlier today, as recorded by AudioBoom, he admitted that Sharp was probably disappointed, and that he should be:

"I would imagine [he was disappointed] yeah, Billy wants to play. He's like anybody else. If I bought Billy on Mirco would want to play. Or Edgar would want to play. Or Souleymane.

"You know sometimes, you have got to look at all your options. I think we have got to look at what we've got. At that point there was an opportunity to put them three on, you know, rightly or wrongly.

"We've got strikers on the bench, a bit of an imbalance on the bench. Which isn't good really in the circumstances we're in because of the system that we play."

Sharp signed for the club in the summer from Southampton but, despite scoring on debut, he has struggled to establish himself in the first-team at Elland Road.

The 29-year-old has scored three goals in 20 appearances in the Championship but has started just nine games.

Currently Steve Morison is the number one striker at Leeds. However, he could miss the Watford game through injury so Sharp may get a chance to prove himself this weekend.

That or it will be a cold 90 minutes for the goal-getter.

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