Nigel Adkins plays down interest in Leeds United’s Billy Sharp, despite Sheffield United links

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Sharp currently plays for Leeds, but could be tempted back to Sheffield United.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, recently appointed Sheffield United boss Adkins has played down interest in moving for Sharp, despite a clear admiration for the prolific forward.

Adkins said: “Sharpy is a Leeds United player at this point in time, simple as that. We’ve always known him; we had him at Scunthorpe and sold him to United, then we took him to Southampton with us and brought him in on loan at Reading, too.

“But we’ve got to first get in there when the players come back, assess the personnel we already have at our disposal and then go from there.”

Sharp has worked under Adkins at Scunthorpe, Southampton and Reading, and following his poor season at Elland Road, it is likely that the 29-year-old would look to link up with the coach this summer.

Big things were expected of Sharp when he joined Leeds in August 2014, moving from Southampton to lead the Whites’ attacking force. However, 35 games brought just five goals, and he only managed to start 17 games, which is an exceptionally low tally for someone of his proven ability.

The YEP story claims that Adkins could table a bid for the veteran striker this summer, but the latest comments from the Blades boss has put paid to such rumours.

Despite Sharp’s poor campaign, he is a proven Championship forward, and is guaranteed to bring goals if given the opportunity to impress.

Keeping ahold of him could prove vital for the Whites this summer, and next season could be the one in which Sharp truly impresses at Elland Road.

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