When David McGoldrick joined Sheffield United last summer, not many of their supporters would have predicted just how much of an impact he would have on their bid to achieve automatic promotion.
The Republic of Ireland international had been released by Ipswich Town after a six-year stint in Suffolk that was plagued by a myriad of injuries. Although he clearly had the talent to thrive at Championship level, the overwhelming concern for Blades boss Chris Wilder would have been just how many games he could remain fit for.
After initially impressing in pre-season for United as a trialist, McGoldrick was handed a one year deal by the club which led to these fans reacting to the news on Twitter.
Take that. Better than Donaldson
— EYYYY UP (@T0M_Hall0wes) July 24, 2018
— Tray The Blade (@Tray_the_Blade) July 24, 2018
— B Hudson (@BranBlades) July 24, 2018
Decent on a free!
— Pete (@foxy81) July 24, 2018
Solid signing, very good player to pick up on a free. Building a nice strong squad
— Chris B (@chrisbrunt1988) July 24, 2018
Good luck David a very good buy but injury prone sadly
— martin (@crabby1991) July 24, 2018
The 31-year-old made an encouraging start to life in South Yorkshire as he made the immediate adjustment to Wilder’s 3-5-2 system by firing in four goals in his first 10 appearances. Forging a lethal partnership with fellow forward Billy Sharp, McGoldrick continues to impress as his new side propelled themselves into contention for promotion as 2018 drew to a close.
Since the turn of the year, the former Ipswich ace has been in particularly impressive form as not only has he taken his goal-tally for the season to 13 but he has also provided a superb level of link-up play for the Blades. An extremely gifted player, McGoldrick has illustrated just why United were right to take the risk on him last July as, without his domineering presence, it could be argued that the club would not be challenging for a top-two finish in the Championship.
Having already committed to another year at Bramall Lane by signing an extension to his original deal in January (via the BBC), the forward could provide the impact needed for the Blades to secure a return to the Premier League after 12 years away.
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