Sheffield United had a poor start to the season with just two points in five games. The Blades have revived since then and won ten points in the six games played after that. One of the main players behind their revival is club captain Billy Sharp. The striker has gained a little bit of experience in the English top division and let’s have a look at how he has contributed towards scoring goals this season.
When looking at the above chart, the general rule is that the longer the bar the better the performance – you can see the league average in the middle and the % is the percentile rank the player is in.
The striker is one of the best performing players when we look at the attacking and creativity chart. He has scored three goals so far and one was scored from the penalty spot. The expected goal rate per 90 is 0.52 and the veteran striker attempts more than two shots per 90. He has taken 45 touches inside the opposition penalty box and averages more than four touches per 90. His goals-against Derby County and Hull City resulted in a winning cause. The third goal was scored against Huddersfield Town after coming off the bench, but it just turned out to be a consolation goal.
The Englishman has provided four assists so far and three of them were in the same game. These passes include three smart passes and through passes each. Four of his passes have landed in the opposition 6-yard box. He has dropped a lot in the midfield and has played some backward and sideways passes. A lot of balls that have landed in the opposition box are mostly towards the centre of the goal. The expected assist rate of the forward is 1.58. These passes also include 18 crosses.
These are the passes attempted by Sheffield United players in the match against Peterborough. The Blades scored six past their opponents and Sharp provided three assists in this match. He attempted four crosses and his seven passes landed in the opposition box. Four of his passes landed in the opposition box and those passes are shown in the visual before this.
Billy Sharp has started nine matches and came off the bench in the other two matches. He has played five full matches and was subbed off in the other four. Sharp has attempted 23 shots overall and seven shots have been on target. Only three shots have been attempted from outside the box and the rest of the other shots have been attempted from inside the penalty box. The expected goal rate for the forward is 4.73 in the season.
Sharp scored six goals in the 41 appearances he made in the Premier League in the past two seasons. This season he has performed consistently and has been the main contributor to Sheffield good run. He is getting the nod ahead of the other strikers in the team. The manager relies on his experience and the team will be hoping to make more improvements in the future.