GET SHARPER, WED­NES­DAY

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SOME sign­ings are ex­cit­ing. Some are prag­matic. Ev­ery now and then, how­ever, a player will ar­rive who is absolutely vi­tal.

Think Can­tona to Man United.Or the way Car­los Tevez sin­gle-hand­edly kept West Ham in the Pre­mier League.

So it would be if Sh­effield Wed­nes­day could get their hands on No.1 tar­get Billy Sharp.

Watch­ing the Owls this sea­son,it is ob­vi­ous that the prob­lems of last year have not been solved. Wed­nes­day re­main tal­ented but toothless.

They have speed on the break, abil­ity on the ball.They won’t get rolled over. But when Michail An­to­nio or Jer­maine John­son look for a pass, there is no­body run­ning in be­hind, no­body at­tack­ing the post.

That is Sharp’s game. The lit­tle striker is a sim­ple player, a poacher who knows where the goal is. He won’t spark one from 30 yards and he won’t tie six men in knots, but he will score 20 Cham­pi­onship goals a sea­son.

Of course, Southamp­ton must be per­suaded to loan him out and Sharp, a life­long Sh­effield United fan, will take some per­suad­ing to wear en­emy colours. He’ll also need to drop a re­ported wage de­mand of £20,000.

But if he does pitch up at Hills­bor­ough, it may be the dif­fer­ence be­tween Wed­nes­day stay­ing up and go­ing down.

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