This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Since arriving at Bramall Lane in the summer of 2018, it would be fair to say that striker David McGoldrick has made a huge impact for Sheffield United.
The Republic of Ireland international had been released by previous club Ipswich Town following an injury-ravaged 2017/18 campaign. Indeed he had managed just 18 starts for the Tractor Boys that season, and missed their last 13 with a groin strain (Transfermarkt).
However, after impressing Chris Wilder in a trial period he was given a contract by the Blades and since then it has been an upward trajectory for the striker.
In his first full season in South Yorkshire he remained injury-free, and appeared in 45 of Sheffield United’s 46 Championship fixtures. He was a key player for them too, and managed to score 15 league goals whilst also providing four assists (Transfermarkt).
It was a very impressive contribution from McGoldrick, and it was a major reason why the Blades finished in second place and were promoted to the Premier League (Transfermarkt).
In fact, so impressive were his performances that he was even named as the official club Player of the Year following a vote by the supporters. (via sufc.co.uk). That shows just how well he played because he even beat fans favourite and top scorer Billy Sharp to the award.
He is now a regular for Sheffield United in the Premier League, and has started 7 of their eleven outings so far (Transfermarkt).
Whilst he is yet to score in the top flight, he remains an important player for the Blades. His link up play is key to the team putting pressure on opponents, and you only have to look at the stats from his recent appearance against West Ham to realise how well he is playing.
Indeed he won five aerial duels, completed three successful dribbles and played one key pass at the London Stadium, whilst also showing his defensive capabilities by making an impressive four clearances (via WhoScored).
McGoldrick has now also broken into the Republic of Ireland line-up, starting five of their last eight international matches as a result of his form for Sheffield United (Transfermarkt).
He cost Wilder absolutely nothing just over a year ago, but the 31-year-old has turned into a very valuable asset for the South Yorkshire side and looks set to be a crucial player in their first campaign back in the top flight.
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