Sheffield United: Billy Sharp targets milestone to say ‘thank you’ to Blades team mates

Billy Sharp is closing in on 200 career goals
Billy Sharp is closing in on 200 career goals
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Billy Sharp will dedicate his 200th career goal to the rest of Sheffield United’s first team squad after revealing he plans to reach the landmark against Swindon Town tomorrow night.

The centre-forward travels to Wiltshire two shy of the milestone figure after claiming his 25th and 26th of the season during last week’s 3-2 victory over Oxford at the Kassam Stadium.

But Sharp, who was appointed as the League One leaders’ captain following Chris Wilder’s appointment in May, insists that success can be attributed to the hard work of his team mates.

“I’m loving it at the minute,” Sharp said. “The lads are creating lots of chances for me and, at the moment, I’m taking them. So it’s actually down to the others really and so fair play to them.

“We’ve got the best midfield in the division as far as I’m concerned and, when you see people like Flecky (John Fleck) coming into the football club, I always knew that they lads would be creating lots for me. It’s a good squad with quality running right the way through it. If there wasn’t, then I doubt I’d be getting as many.”

Sharp embarked upon his third spell with the club he has supported since childhood after leaving Leeds two years ago. Previously of Southampton, Doncaster and Scunthorpe, Sharp’s most recent brace was his sixth of the campaign.

Billy Sharp and some of his Sheffield United team mates share a joke following a win for the Blades

Billy Sharp and some of his Sheffield United team mates share a joke following a win for the Blades

“Of course, if I could have chosen any club to do it at (reach 200 goals) then this is it,” Sharp said. “I made it pretty clear recently that, even if I don’t score another goal and we get promoted, I’d be over-the-moon.

“Seriously, I’ll be delighted. But I’ll be trying my best to get there against Swindon.”

“Hopefully, that will help us get another three points because that’s the most important thing.”