Should Sheffield United drop David McGoldrick for this weekend’s trip to Everton?
This appears to be one of the more pressing concerns among Blades fans currently. And their opinion on the striker is extremely varied.
Signed on a free transfer from Ipswich Town in the summer of 2018, McGoldrick’s performances last season saw him named player of the year.
The Republic of Ireland international scored 15 Championship goals as United secured promotion. So it made sense that Chris Wilder trusted McGoldrick in the Premier League this term.
The 31-year-old has started four of the five league games so far, coming on as a substitute in the other. Yet McGoldrick is yet to find the back of the net.
In fact no player in the entire division has missed more big chances than his six. That was evident on Saturday when he spurned a great opportunity against Southampton as the Blades lost 1-0 at home.
So is it time to drop McGoldrick?
Wilder doesn’t select players based on sentimentality. That was proven over the summer when Mark Duffy was loaned to Stoke City, despite playing a key role in promotion in 2018/19.
So McGoldrick isn’t being selected purely on what he has achieved in the past. Supporters of the Irishman say his unselfish work, clever runs and excellent technical ability are hugely important.
His critics argue that he needs to be more ruthless in front of goal – especially with the likes of Lys Mousset, Callum Robinson and Billy Sharp on the bench at the weekend.
— Dane (@daneshaw8) September 14, 2019
Admire the time CW is giving the players that got us to PL, Fleck in particular was outstanding Saturday. McGoldrick had good opportunities, but his all round game warranted his inclusion. Confident long term McBurnie will be the clinical finisher we require #SUFCvSOTON #SUFC
— Antony Simpson (@schillaci19) September 16, 2019
— Jordan (@JordLowe1993) September 14, 2019
Mcgoldrick very frustrating .. great player, couldn’t finish his dinner
— charlie (@ChazzleFizzle) September 14, 2019
Some of the comments on this 🙈🙈. He is doing well, if Mcgoldrick’s chances where falling to him he would have at least 5 goals already this year. He’ll be a top player for us
— Jon Davies (@1JonDavies1988) September 17, 2019