Republic of Ireland manager, Mick McCarthy, has branded David McGoldrick one of his best players.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s crucial tie with Denmark, McCarthy remarked just how good it was to have McGoldrick back involved. The striker has been in fine form for Sheffield United. Despite not scoring as yet, he’s been an integral cog in Chris Wilder’s system.
And his international boss, McCarthy, has praised his form and presence too.
“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 (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.”
McGoldrick was unlucky not to get off the mark last weekend. His goal at Spurs was harshly ruled out by VAR as the system once again came in for criticism.
After missing a few weeks of the season with injury, McGoldrick is now back and seemingly better than ever.
“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,” McCarthy added.
What does McGoldrick bring to the Irish set-up?
Much like with Sheffield United, McGoldrick brings so much from attacking areas.
While he’s never going to be the man to fire in goal after goal, it’s his team-play that catches the eye. He drops deep, gets on the ball and makes things happen. He’s an experienced head now, too, so he’s always willing to take the ball whatever the situation might be.
Couple this with the strong Irish contingent from Sheffield United within the squad, and Mick McCarthy will be hoping that the mood from Bramall Lane transcends into his team.
McGoldrick, as McCarthy states, is one of the star performers. If Ireland are to get anything against Denmark, then it’s imperative that McGoldrick is at the top of his game.