Former Nottingham Forest star Garry Birtles has told Sky Sports that Leeds United’s Billy Sharp is a “quality striker”.
The ex-England international made the comments while analysing the Whites’ 2-1 home win against Ipswich Town on the FL 72: Review show this week.
Sharp was on target against the Tractors Boys at Elland Road in the 77th minute when he volleyed the ball from Sam Byram’s pass past Bartosz Bialkowski.
It was a brilliant strike, and one which made a positive impression on former Forest centre-forward Birtles.
“It is not easy going to a place like Leeds,” the 58-year-old told Sky Sports’ FL 72: Review show. “You see this goal from Billy Sharp, what a finish that is. You are talking about a quality striker here.”
Sharp, who joined Leeds from Premier League outfit Southampton in the summer of 2014, has struggled for playing time so far this season.
The 29-year-old has made 22 appearances in the Championship so far this campaign for the West Yorkshire outfit, scoring five goals and creating 12 chances in the process.
The Englishman has a pass accuracy of 72% and a shot accuracy of 43%, and has won 40% of the duels.
Sharp is an experienced striker and, as he showed as Ipswich, he is capable of scoring quality goals and helping Leeds to wins.
Competition for places in Leeds’s attack is fierce, but given his performances and goals against Watford and Ipswich, Sharp does deserve to remain in Neil Redfearn’s starting line-up for today’s clash against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.