The Leeds boss has not got a bad word to say about the striker.
Billy Sharp has had it tough at Leeds United this season. His arrival in the summer was greeted with anticipation and expectation. A Yorkshire lad with a proving pedigree for scoring goals at this level, Leeds fans were right to be excited. But despite an epic start to his career, scoring the winner against Middlesbrough on debut, things have not kicked on.
He has scored just five goals in 33 appearances and has been in and out of the first-team picture for much of the campaign. He has now failed to score in his last nine games and his performance against Charlton Athletic at the weekend was not his best.
But his manager refuses to dig at the striker. Neil Redfearn told his press conference today that he was happy with Sharp's contribution to Leeds this season:
Redfearn hails Billy Sharp, who he says has "stuck it out all season" - "I've got nothing but praise for him. He's shown tenacity." #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) April 23, 2015
Sharp however will not be pleased. The striker revels in goalscoring. At Nottingham Forest, Doncaster Rovers and Scunthorpe United he had no problems hitting the back of the net but this season has been a struggle at Leeds.
The 29-year-old will be hoping to finish the season on a high, and take that momentum into 2015-16, hopefully with a much improved Leeds United.