Speaking ahead of the trip to Chelsea this weekend, Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has admitted that we are yet to see the best of David McGoldrick this term.

McGoldrick, who broke his scoring duck early this year with a goal in the cup and then a fine strike against Arsenal, has missed out in the last two games, with Wilder opting for Rhian Brewster and Oli McBurnie up top.

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The experienced striker, who has announced his retirement from international football this week, is a key cog for the Blades and was one of the players of last season despite the lack of goals.

But Wilder, speaking live in his press conference today, admits it is through no fault of McGoldrick that we haven’t seen him hit the heights he showed last year quite yet this time around.

‘That’s no influence from us at all. David’s a big player for us and a sensible guy”, Wilder said on his striker’s decision to hang up his international boots.

But rather than criticise the forward, Wilder also moved to explain just why things haven’t been quite so good yet.

“He’s had a slow start to the season. Not through fitness, through injuries and not getting up to speed as quickly as we’d have liked him to be. But we’ve started seeing signs during the week. We support him in his decision for Ireland and it’s an obvious benefit for us as well. He’s got a lot more to give.”

Still vital, still quality

David McGoldrick is massive for this team. He can split opinion at times but there is no doubt we look a more creative team when he is on the field. It’s a shame, then, that we’ve not had him at his best yet, especially seen as he seems over his goal drought.

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If he’s fit, McGoldrick could well come in this weekend given it’s a tough away fixture against quality opponents.

Rhian Brewster and McBurnie are the future. We all know that. But for now, McGoldrick might be needed more than ever as we look for that elusive first win.

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