Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has told LUTV why Billy Sharp has edged ahead of other strikers in the side’s attack.
Sharp made it two goals in his last two appearances earlier this week when he converted a difficult chance in the win against Ipswich Town.
“Goals breed goals, he’s got confidence – he’s bright, he chases things down and he gives you energy,” said Redfearn.
“If you give him a chance in front of goal, he’ll finish it.”
The challenge for Sharp is maintaining his form because of the many different attacking options Redfearn has available.
Steve Morison, Mirco Antenucci, Souleymane Doukara and Edgar Cani offer Redfearn choices up front, which shows the importance for any of the club’s forwards defending their position when they get into the team.
Sharp is a smaller, quicker and more dynamic option in attack who is arguably more suited to the slick passing style Leeds produce when they are at their very best.
He’s been in and out of the team routinely this season so needs to try and be consistent to prevent his rhythm and momentum from being disrupted.
He has a great chance to continue his form against Wigan, because Leeds will be favourites and stand a good chance of dominating against a team fighting at the wrong end of the table.
Sharp could also be in direct competition against Jason Pearce, someone he’ll know well from the defender’s time at Elland Road.
If Sharp can exploit the weaknesses in Pearce’s game, and shake off a knock from the Ipswich game, he should have enough to power the side to a victory.