Billy Sharp is confident he will soon be back amongst the goals, having returned to Doncaster Rovers on loan for the rest of the season.
The 27-year-old scored 25 goals in 49 league matches during a previous spell at the Keepmoat Stadium, which resulted in a £1.8million move to Southampton in January 2012. He has played just 17 times since moving to St Mary’s, and has spent time on loan at Nottingham Forest and Reading in recent times.
Sharp, who played twice in the Premier League last season, appears to be surplus to requirements by Mauricio Pochettino, who has agreed to let him return to Doncaster on loan for the remainder of their campaign. And the Sheffield-born hitman is confident he will soon be back amongst the goals for Paul Dickov’s side.
“I want to play in the Premier League, so I need to come here and impress,” he said. “I’ve been here before and it worked out really well and I got a lot of support from the fans. I feel I’m at a stage in my career where I need a little lift and hopefully the fans will give me that and I will pay them back with some goals.”
Rovers won the League One title in dramatic circumstances last season, but they have found life in the Championship difficult this term. They are currently third from bottom, but the scrap for relegation looks as tight as ever with just five points separating them from Birmingham City, who are in 19th position.
Having been eliminated from the FA Cup at the third round stage to Stevenage, Doncaster are back in league action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Blackpool, who earlier this week sacked Paul Ince. The Lancashire side are currently on a torrid run of form, having failed to win since the end of November.