Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick could make his return to action in their upcoming Premier League game against AFC Bournemouth tomorrow (via @SheffieldUnited).
The Republic of Ireland international has been a regular for the Blades this season, but has struggled with a foot injury of late.
McGoldrick hasn’t featured at all for Sheffield United since their 1-0 victory against West Ham United back on January 10th, when he played 60 minutes before being substituted (Transfermarkt).
He has since missed three Premier League games against Arsenal, Manchester City and Crystal Palace, whilst also being absent for their FA Cup fourth round victory away at Championship side Millwall (Transfermarkt). It initially seemed as though the 32-year-old’s injury wasn’t too bad, with Chris Wilder confirming ahead of their clash against City that he would complete a fitness test (Sheffield Star).
However, he didn’t play in that game or the two subsequent matches, so it appears to have been more problematic than first envisaged. Wilder delivered positive news ahead of their clash against Bournemouth though, telling the press that McGoldrick had been “back on the grass” and that everyone was “fit and raring to go,” (via @SheffieldUnited).
This is great news for Sheffield United, as McGoldrick has been a key player for them this season in the Premier League. Whilst he is yet to score, his work rate, hold-up play and link-up play is crucial for the Blades and it allows other players around him to perform to their best. Indeed, midfielder Oliver Norwood said himself back in December McGoldrick is “under-rated” and that the South Yorkshire outfit are a “better team with him in it,” (Yorkshire Post).
That said, the former Ipswich Town man will still need to fight for his place in the starting 11 as there is lots of competition in their forward line. Oli McBurnie and Billy Sharp have started in their last two outings, whilst they also have joint-leading goal scorer Lys Mousset (BBC Sport) and new signing Richairo Zivkovic available to them.
Sheffield United fans, would you get David McGoldrick straight back into the starting 11 if he is fully fit? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
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