Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp has been named the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for February.The month included five goals in as many games for the predatory striker. And all were important goals to give United the lead or to equalise.
Sharp seized the moment perfectly to score against automatic promotion rivals Scunthorpe and Bolton.
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder said: “Billy epitomises the spirit we have at the club and although it is a personal award I’m sure he will be the first to say it is a team effort.
"His goals have been invaluable for us, not just in February, but throughout the season.”
Sharp said: "It’s always nice to win the personal awards, but I have to thank my team-mates and the staff for showing belief in me.
"The quality we have throughout the team gives me the platform to show what I can do by scoring goals and everyone knows what type of striker I am. I’m delighted to win it but it’s for everyone.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Sharp has been scoring vital goals for the Blades all season and February was no different with his goals contributing directly towards eight extra precious points.
“With an outstanding haul of 26 for the season so far and on the hottest streak of his career, you’d be a brave man to bet against him getting 30 for the season and propelling Sheffield United to the League One Title.”
Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “Sheffield United’s march to promotion is in full swing having suffered a slight blip at the end of January.
“Things are always easier when you possess the most prolific striker in the division, and in Billy Sharp they have just that.
“Sharp scored his first of the month after just two minutes of a 4-0 thumping win over Wimbledon, and perhaps his team’s most important of the season with a double over Bolton to round out the month."
The judging panel for the Sky Bet Player of the Month comprises Sky Sports’ EFL expert Don Goodman, EFL Communications Director Mark Rowan, League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.