Billy Sharp: The Leeds United game-changer who deserves more credit

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Leeds United won 2-1 against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend, with late substitute Billy Sharp playing a vital role for the visitors.

Prior to Leeds United’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, Neil Redfearn’s side had not tasted victory for six consecutive matches.

It was a record they wanted and needed to end as soon as possible, and it was ultimately the much-maligned Steve Morison who netted the winner with 18 minutes remaining.

But while Morison and Charlie Taylor were the goal-scoring heroes, there was another player who deserved plenty of credit for his contribution, even if he was only on the pitch for 19 minutes.

Billy Sharp’s arrival ensured Morison ultimately got the chance to net his second goal in two matches. And while the former did little of note for statisticians, his presence and work rate changed the game.

  Passing AccuracyTouchesGoal AssistsDuels WonForward PassesShotsMins Played
Billy Sharp 75% 13 0 1 1 0 19

As you can see from the table above, the Leeds substitute had a passing accuracy of 75 per cent while he touched the ball just 13 times and played just a single forward pass. But sometimes stats do not tell the whole story; sometimes they do not even come close.

Sharp played a crucial role and not for the first time this season. Is he a super-sub? Sometimes yes, but not enough to really earn that title.

But he can be a game-changer; a player whose efforts grant opportunities for others. And for that he deserves credit after playing his role in a timely Leeds win.

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