Why Sheffield United's misfiring striker Leon Clarke is untouchable as Blades prepare to resume race for the play-offs

Why Sheffield United's misfiring striker Leon Clarke is untouchable as Blades prepare to resume race for the play-offs

LEON CLARKE has scored just once in his last 14 appearances but his place in Sheffield United's side appears safe no matter that the club's top scorer has stopped delivering. But Clarke isn't the only one. Boss Chris Wilder's hands appear tied as the Blades prepare to resume their race for the play-offs after the international break. Whatever their fate, a big shake-up in the strike department must be on the way.

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Super Sharp puts Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder on the spot as top scorer Clarke continues to fire blanks

Super Sharp puts Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder on the spot as top scorer Clarke continues to fire blanks

BILLY SHARP answered his doubters in the best possible way. He let his ability to score goals do the talking, netting twice to defeat former club Leeds at Bramall Lane and lift Sheffield United back to within touching distance of the play-offs. It was Sharp's first Championship start of 2018 and it gave his boss Chris Wilder plenty to think about.

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Anxious times for Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp after becoming backseat driver in big derby showdown at the Lane

Anxious times for Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp after becoming backseat driver in big derby showdown at the Lane

SOME Sheffield United fans were left scratching their heads when Billy Sharp, top scorer for the last two seasons remained on the bench in the latest Steel City derby. Manager Chris Wilder opted to bring on loan signing James Wilson ahead of the Blades skipper at a crucial time for his debut in front of 31,000 at Bramall Lane. It was a failed effort to break down Sheffield Wednesday's stubborn defence as the man most likely watched from the dugout.

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