Uwe Rosler looks to be putting down the foundations of building a side capable of a top six finish in the Championship this coming season, and Billy Sharp should play a key part in that.
The signing of Chris Wood, as confirmed by the BBC on the 1st July, shows Leeds United mean business this season and finding the perfect partner for him upfront could be another key piece of the jigsaw.
Sharp, who has been linked with Sheffield United in the Sheffield Telegraph, could be well suited to that role as it allows Rosler to rely on two very proven goalscorers at Championship level.
Last season, the former Doncaster Rovers forward didn’t give the best account of himself. However, he was often hindered by the lack of creativity in the side and playing time by Neil Redfearn, not allowed a real run in the side.
Why should Leeds keep hold of Sharp?
Now Wood has signed, the former Wigan Athletic boss will be keen to improve and increase the supply that the Leeds frontline gets next season.
Wood has 37 goals and 19 assists to show from his 140 Championship appearances, while the experienced Sharp, despite his poor record last season, can boast a record of 78 goals and 38 assists in 248 games.
Sharp has always excelled with a target man beside him. For example, at Southampton, where he played alongside Rickie Lambert, he scored nine goals in 15 games to help the Saints win promotion to the Premier League.
Wood and Sharp together can be, at least on paper, as prolific as any frontline in the Championship and because their styles differ, the partnership should work.
Rosler may well have an ideal partnership on his hands, but if he sells Sharp to the Blades, he will have missed out on the prospect of finding out.