GET SHARPER, WEDNESDAY
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.
POACHER: Billy Sharp would do wonders for the Owls