David McGoldrick
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David McGoldrick, Billy Sharp, or both? A potential conundrum for Chris Wilder this weekend

Chris Wilder has a welcome headache this weekend with both Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick getting themselves on the scoresheet in midweek.

The Blades boss was delighted to finally see McGoldrick get off the mark for the season. Sharp, meanwhile, netted his third of the season as he headed in the winner at the Madejski Stadium.

Billy Sharp scored once again for Sheffield United in midweek. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Oli McBurnie also got minutes under his belt, while Lys Mousset was also handed a start. Richairo Zivkovic also got himself on the bench for the first time, giving Wilder a big choice to make.

However, with Sharp and McGoldrick finding the net, does Wilder now face a dilemma when it comes to selecting his front two this weekend?

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A welcome problem for the Blades boss

It’s not exactly a bad problem to have for Wilder. He’s been waiting all season for McGoldrick to finally get off the mark and he could well be tempted to try and cash in on a potential run of goals for the Ireland striker.

However, Billy Sharp has been playing very well and has, crucially, been in the goals. He got the equaliser against Bournemouth while doing what he does best in midweek at Reading.

On the other hand, Oli McBurnie has been one of the first names on the teamsheet of late. The goals might not have flowed – only one goal in his last nine appearances – but his overall contribution has been excellent. Indeed, a lot of Blades fans have widely recognised that McBurnie has cemented himself as the main striker at the club.

Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick were key for Chris Wilder last season. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Finally, Mousset and Zivkovic give Wilder further food for thought. Zivkovic is likely to drop out of the squad altogether. Mousset, though, did little to convince fans and Wilder he deserves another start this weekend following his display in Berkshire.

Throwback to last season on the card?

It’s quite easy to forget that Sharp and McGoldrick were the main strike partnership last season. They contributed a whopping 38 goals last term between them.

That’s something Wilder may well be considering. For all the money spent on strikers in the summer, the Blades boss could well go with his tried and trusted as the Premier League season comes to a head.


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