By Michael Brown

28th Jan, 2021 | 1:48pm

Brown Verdict: Sheffield United fan favourite may quit next year

Michael Brown has suggested Billy Sharp could quit Sheffield United in search of regular first-team football over the next year.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Blades star insisted no one could question the 34-year-old’s commitment to the Yorkshire club but suggested he might want to finish his career playing week in, week out.

The veteran hitman has been in demand this month but Sheffield United turned down an approach from Derby County.

Sharp has been forced to play a bit-part role this season, with his appearance against Manchester United only his third Premier League start and 10th outing across all competitions so far.

A graduate of the youth ranks at Bramall Lane, Sharp now has 281 games under his belt for the Blades across three separate spells.

However, Brown believes the centre-forward will want more game time as he heads into the twilight of his career and suggested he could leave once again in the near future.

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“He wants to play week in, week out and it’s going to be tough to play that in the Premier League, you’ll need a certain run of minutes,” Brown told Football Insider.

“I think you’ve looked at Chris Wilder and I don’t think he sees Billy as being a 90-minute man every week in the Premier League at the moment in time.

“He’ll want to play as much as he can, Billy, but he loves Sheffield United as we know. I think as well, as a footballer, it’s a short career.

“Everybody knows his loyalty to Sheffield United and that will never, ever change, but at some point he might want to go: ‘You know what…?’ 

“It might not be this year, it might be in a years’ time and he might say: ‘I’m willing to just go and play football just for the last year or two in my career, and enjoy it.'”

In other news, Sheffield United have pulled the plug on signing attacking midfielder star now set to join big rivals.