Blades striker, David McGoldrick, might be without a Premier League goal this season, while Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has 11 to his name already.
For those non-Blades fans reading this, you can be excused for thinking McGoldrick is offering little to the cause.
A plethora of missed chances and zero goals means that to those who simply lap basic stats up, McGoldrick should be dropped from the Blades team. However, Sheffield United fans know the truth about ‘Didzy’ and what he brings to the cause.
David McGoldrick has been superb this term. Earlier in the campaign, we here at SUN questioned whether it was worth persisting with the former Ipswich man. Those questions have been answered, quite emphatically, by McGoldrick.
In fact, it seems that the Blades number 17 is catching the eye of onlooking pundits, too. Just this week, former Chelsea man, Tony Cascarino, said that Arsenal’s Aubameyang should look to model some of his game on McGoldrick.
“He is similar to Roberto Firmino at Liverpool. Not in terms of ability but in terms of his value to the team as a whole,” Cascarino said (Sheffield Star).
“McGoldrick is a great modern striker. I’m sure the goals will come. And the likes of Aubameyang could learn a lot from watching him play.”
Just how important is David McGoldrick to the Sheffield United team?
Make no mistake about it, McGoldrick is the one who makes this entire Blades team tick.
Some of the stats say it all. In the five games that McGoldrick has missed this season, the Blades have won only once. In those games, they’ve scored only four times.
Compare this to the 12 McGoldrick has started, and the results are completely different. Five wins and only two defeats, with 17 goals registered. That, plus an increase from just over eight shots per game to in excess of ten per game when he does play, tells its own story.
David McGoldrick is rightly getting the plaudits at the moment and Aubameyang could indeed learn a thing or two from the Blades star.