Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder sought advice before signing Callum Robinson this summer.
The Blades boss consulted with David McGoldrick before making Robinson the club’s record signing.
McGoldrick knew the 24-year-old from their time spent together as Republic of Ireland internationals.
“The manager messaged me in the summer about him and I told him to get him,” the United striker told the Irish Times.
“That’s how confident I was that he could make the step up and fit in.”
Wilder went ahead and landed Robinson from Preston North End in what was, at the time, a record £8m deal. The club would go onto to break that two more times with Lys Mousset and then Oli McBurnie.
Gamble on Callum Robinson pays off
Robinson was one of only two new signings included in the starting XI for the opening day 1-1 draw at Bournemouth. The other was Dean Henderson, who was well known to Wilder having also spent the previous season on loan from Manchester United.
It was a big call for the Blades’ first Premier League match in 12 years. Yet Robinson impressed and has since formed a fine partnership upfront with McGoldrick.
The duo started the first three league games together, before the latter was dropped at the weekend in favour of McBurnie.
Robinson kept his place, though, and scored his first goal for United in the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. The forward’s cross also lead to a late equaliser as Kurt Zouma turned it into his own net.
As well as his influence on the pitch, Robinson is clearly a big character off it as well.
“You cannot but get on with Callum,” McGoldrick continues.
“Every day he’s just bubbly. It could be raining or snowing outside and he will come into the club in shorts and a pair of flip-flops.
“That’s just him, he’s always happy. He’s a good player as well, to be fair.”