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Can some Leeds strikers breathe a sigh of relief after Sharp sale?

The 29-year-old's Leeds exit may keep some strikers safe, or is there still uncertainty surrounding many?

After Billy Sharp's departure to Sheffield United, there remain seven official strikers on Leeds United's official website's list of players.

Lewis Walters is just 20 and, barring exceptional form, won't be the centre of attention up front. Lee Erwin and Chris Wood, meanwhile, are new signings. Naturally, they'll be given as many opportunities as possible next season.

That then leaves Nicky Ajose, Mirco Antenucci, Souleymane Doukara and Steve Morison. Until Sharp's sale, Leeds' forward department was quite simply bloated - and each of the above will have felt under pressure.

Can some of them now breathe a sigh of relief?


There has been plenty of focus on the 23-year-old this pre-season in a bid perhaps to increase his confidence and get him to show his full potential. According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, though, Ajose is free to leave as well as Sharp. If anyone is still under threat, the Leeds forward is probably the most likely.


Last season's top scorer, you would assume Antenucci's place at Leeds is much safer. Especially now that his agent has come out and declared the 30-year-old will be staying at Elland Road. Sharp's departure, though, will probably leave the Italian feeling a lot more comfortable. He still faces plenty of competition and one less competitor could be crucial with regards to his squad status.


Like Ajose, there has been plenty of attention surrounding the Frenchman this pre-season. The Leeds forward appears to be determined to transform the Whites faithful's low opinion of him and Sharp's exit should see him stay at Elland Road and indeed breathe a sigh of relief. You never know, though.


The biggest question mark surrounds Morison, whose future, as stated by the same YEP report as with Ajose, is not dependent on Sharp as Uwe Rosler could let the target man go, anyway. Morison may well be comforted by the fact Sharp has gone first and that he is still getting game time and being given chances. But his Leeds status still remains very unclear.

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