Leeds United striker Billy Sharp admits he can be 'manager's nightmare'

The striker has been speaking about the importance of scoring goals and how he knows he can be irritating when not playing regularly.

Billy Sharp arrived at Leeds United in the summer full of enthusiasm ahead of what looked to be a perfect fit for the former Sheffield United and Southampton striker.

However, Leeds signed a plethora of other strikers and Sharp has found it difficult to play games in recent weeks.

Steve Morison has been the striker of choice for Neil Redfearn's lone striker system. However, he is injured and in his absence Sharp scored against Watford at the weekend. He is now expected to start v Ipswich Town this evening and believes if he can score again, he will be on a run.

He told the official Leeds website:

"I need another goal on Wednesday night to keep my place.

"I know if I get a run in the team, I will score goals. Hopefully I can get another one on Wednesday and go on a bit of a run.

"I’m probably a manager’s nightmare when I’m not in the team.

"The fans have seen that I’m frustrated. I just want to help the team out and help win games."

That is not all he said. He also made a comment which sheds light on the differences between his and Morison's game.

Morison has been impressive as a hold-up man. He is bringing the midfield into play with his ability to control the ball and shield defenders. Sharp is an entirely different entity. He was born to score goals and when he receives the ball, his first thought is always going to be, 'how can I get this ball into the net.'

That is evident by these comments:

"As a striker, if you’re not playing well and scoring goals, no-one can say anything.

"If you’re playing well but not scoring goals, there’ll always be that thing in the back of people’s heads – ‘He’s not scoring goals’.

"For me, goals keep people’s opinions to themselves so as long as I’m doing that, I’ll be just fine."

Morison is one such player who has had to answer those questions. He may have been playing well for the club, but he is still waiting on his first goal for Leeds since a brace v Crystal Palace in March 2013 - nearly two years ago to the day.

If only Redfearn played with two up top, these two would be the perfect partnership.

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