Leeds United striker Billy Sharp will want to quickly forget about his woeful performance at The Valley.
Leeds United striker Billy Sharp endured a torrid afternoon as his side were defeated by 2-1 by fellow Championship mid-table contenders Charlton Athletic at The Valley.
The former Nottingham Forest loanee got the nod to start the game up front, largely thanks to six first-team stars pulling out of the encounter through injury.
While those so-called injuries may cause the Leeds fans a little discomfort, their anger may well be directed at Sharp throughout Saturday night after seeing the striker put in a nightmare performance.
Aside from missing a penalty, the 29-year-old failed to get the basics right and often Leeds’ attacking ventures in the final third all-but ended whenever the ball reached Sharp.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the striker struggled to create anything of note and managed to test the goalkeeper on just one occasion – the penalty which was ultimately saved.
Moreover, he came off second-best in aerial battles and frustratingly found himself caught out in an offside position on two promising occasions.
Sharp, once a feared striker at Championship level, remains on just five goals for the season despite appearing in 31 games for the Whites.
The Elland Road side have suffered a disappointing campaign, and their fifth straight defeat leaves them in 16th position in the table – an alarming 23 points behind the play-off positions.
Neil Redfearn has to make a number of changes this summer, though after spending a fair bit on acquiring Sharp’s services nine months ago, the striker will likely remain in Yorkshire for at least another campaign.