Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has been talking up the importance of David McGoldrick ahead of their crunch Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark.
The Sheffield United man has been a regular for his country recently, starting five games for them in 2019 (Transfermarkt).
As mentioned, the Irish face a huge match against the Danes with qualification for Euro 2020 on the line.
A win at the Aviva would secure their place in the tournament next summer, so they need their best players.
McCarthy believes that McGoldrick is one them, and he has admitted that having him available is a huge boost for his team ahead of the match as he makes their performances improve.
“We play better – and I’m not being disrespectful to the lads we’ve got – but he’s the best centre forward that we have at this moment in time,” McCarthy said (via Irish Mirror).
“He’s playing well for his club and it’s beneficial to us to have him in the team and we can play better off him.”
“Didsy is a really good technical player and aligns that with hard work and determination. All of a sudden he’s become one of the star performers. Having him back is a real boost.”
McGoldrick missed the Republic of Ireland’s last two qualifying games against Georgia and Switzerland through injury, and they struggled without him.
Indeed, they failed to score a single goal in the two games (Transfermarkt), and whilst the Sheffield United man hasn’t been prolific for his country so far, he has provided two assists in the current qualifying campaign as well as netting a vital equaliser against Switzerland in October (Transfermarkt).
McCarthy will hope that the man he has labelled as the best striker the country currently has can deliver with another big goal when they play Denmark.
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