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Sharp: Leeds Said I Could Join Town
Monday, 2nd Feb 2015 09:21

Leeds United striker Billy Sharp has revealed that the Whites were willing to allow him to join the Blues when Town made a loan approach for him last month.

However, the 28-year-old didn’t think he’d play regularly if he moved to Portman Road with Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick firmly established as the front two.

On Saturday, Sharp came on as an 87th minute sub and netted a dramatic final minute winner to hand Leeds a 2-1 win at Huddersfield.

“Leeds said I could have gone [to Ipswich] but I don’t want to leave,” Sharp told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “I’m settled here. It’s a great club and I want to score goals for Leeds.

“Ipswich have two good strikers and I wouldn’t have played much so I didn’t want to leave. But I am a professional footballer and I do want to play more.

“I’ve not scored anywhere near as many goals as I’d like to have done. I have not played as much either. But the fans have stuck by me and that one was for them.

“I’ve scored a few goals in my career and I fancy my chances of getting in the right place at the right time. I’m buzzing that I helped win a game.”

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Marcus_Evans added 09:25 - Feb 2
As we expected, Sharp didn't have the fight to join us and force his way into the team.


brittaniaman added 09:27 - Feb 2
So now we must move on !!!!

RaymondovicBlue added 09:31 - Feb 2
Plus the article doesn't mention the wages he's on at Leeds..... Happier to play the last three minutes there for his current wage then the last three here for what we can afford. He says himself that he's a "professional footballer"

bedsitfc added 09:38 - Feb 2
I don't think mcgoldrick would have been happy if he came as he isn't doing well at moment. I think Murphy and sharp would have been a great partnership but I think sears will be as good.

keanokeano added 09:55 - Feb 2

peteswindon added 09:58 - Feb 2
You need an attitude that you are the best, obviously he is lacking that. So no loss

Superfrans added 10:09 - Feb 2
Fair enough. To be honest, we've ended up with Sears instead - a much cheaper option I would imagine, he's ours permanently, and I can't really imagine there would be that much between them in terms of quality (Sharp's experience will be balanced out by Sears' hunger).

SouperJim added 10:17 - Feb 2
Raymondovic if you go out on loan your wages don't change, you're still contracted to your parent club.

bazza added 10:30 - Feb 2
He's a dud anyway.

Ipswich_Loyal added 10:37 - Feb 2
I think saturday proved we don't need someone in the same mould as him anyway. Without Murph we are so lightweight up front. Chris Wood please.

SouperJim added 10:41 - Feb 2
Despite what Sharp says about wanting to play more, if he won't swap a club languishing at the wrong end of the table where he is surplus to requirements, for one challenging at the top end of the table who actually want him, then he clearly lacks ambition and isn't the kind of player we want here anyway. Surely the club who actually want you are likely to play you more? We want players who will jump at the chance to claim a place in our team and perhaps be playing premier league football next season.

I don't mean to judge Sharp too harshly as he has a settled family and is clearly a northern lad, but we had too many "comfort zone" players under Jewell and they get you absolutely nowhere.

RaymondovicBlue added 10:42 - Feb 2
SuperJim.... You are quite right.... I jumped that bit in the latter stories!!!!

Thanks for sparing me the down vote... Always better to be told why you're wrong then just down voted !!!!!

Kesgraveblue57 added 10:43 - Feb 2
Sharp you are far better off to be at Leeds with an attitude like yours shame I thought he was a better man than that he is just a waste of space

roytheboy added 11:01 - Feb 2
Billy Sharp has made his decision, there is really no need to insult him or put him down, he is still a decent footballer whether he wants to leave Leeds or not.

J4ck22 added 11:04 - Feb 2
Hold on! You mean To tell me that he DOESN'T want to move across the country to play for a club where he's not guaranteed a place AND pays him less money? Unbelievable.

Michael11 added 11:04 - Feb 2
He's past his prime anyway, hence why he doesn't start in a very poor Leeds team. If he's happy being 3rd choice striker at Leeds then he doesn't have the required attitude for us anyway.

OldClactonBlue added 11:10 - Feb 2
Sears might well be just as effective, but he isn't getting picked. Murphy and Sears, with McGoldrick just behind, and Bishop passing the ball to them, would probably work well.
Not the style though, we have to workers to stop the opposition before we consider them worrying about us.
Starting with Sears and Bishop on the bench on Saturday was a big mistake.

walberswicks added 11:21 - Feb 2
No wonder MM doesn't want to comment, with skin flint ME offering peanuts.

blueherts added 11:41 - Feb 2
Of course Leeds wanted rid, he is on big money. Plenty of examples of clubs 'risking' and gambling Bournemouth are a club on the up. We are a club punching above our weight and MM loves it. I still think we will get JW which will be a huge boost for all. Sears Stewart and Bishop need to feature though as they have the added ability. Go unbeaten in Feb and happy days

Pilgrimblue added 12:01 - Feb 2
I hope you're right blueherts as at the moment we're not looking too good. My worry has always been that we've got poor midfield and stats prove that we can't keep the ball long enough to control the game. Murphy has ben great but without him MM tactics look rubbish so the addition of JW would be great BUT.......
I'm beginning to feel that ME lacks ambition and would off-load Town if good offer came along. He must see what's happening and given the position we're in surely he would want to give MM the means to push on.

Ipswich_Loyal added 12:07 - Feb 2
Why do people think he would be on less money? If he moved here on loan, he would still get paid his whole Leeds wage, we would just pay a percentage of that.

jas0999 added 12:36 - Feb 2
A shame. Could have done with him on Saturday. Hunt is a winger, whilst McGoldrick was poor.

blues1 added 12:42 - Feb 2
some people need to think before they start criticising sharp for this. he wants to play more so why would he move all the way down here(albeit prob staying in a hotel neway), just to sit on our bench. especially as he says, he is settled there. sure if he thought hed paly regularly hed have been here like a shot. and bluefeast, he would have been paid the same money if hed come here on loan so money nothing to do with it.

Essexnblue added 12:43 - Feb 2
I wouldnt knock Sharps decision to stay put, its not every day of the week you suffer personal tragedy as hard as he did and then have to rebuild your career and home life.

Len_Brennan added 12:58 - Feb 2
Sharp has a point, whether we like it or not. He would be a very useful player to have in the squad, but the reality is he as likely to get as much/more game time with Leeds as he is with us. The Sears deal was going through anyway, plus Noel Hunt (he's a striker Jas, sometimes has been played on the wing, but definitely a striker) has arrived & is doing well - so it's not just Murphy & McGoldrick that he would be vying with for a starting place.

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