Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, will continue to back David McGoldrick despite the striker drawing another blank at Wolves yesterday.
The Blades drew 1-1 at Molineux to continue their unbeaten away record this season. Lys Mousset put Chris Wilder’s men in front, before Matt Doherty equalised in the second half.
United probably should have won the game, in all honesty. A host of half-chances went begging as well as a good one on one opportunity for David McGoldrick in the second period.
Indeed, McGoldrick will have been disappointed with that as well as the chance to play Lys Mousset in at one point too. The Irish striker has yet to bag this term. His goal at Spurs a few weeks ago was chalked off, while he has spurned a number of chances throughout the season.
However, that doesn’t seem to have bothered his manager. Following the game, Chris Wilder told Radio Sheffield’s Adam Oxley that he had spent some time with McGoldrick after the game.
#sufc boss CW had 5 mins with David McGoldrick after the game; makes us play, team better with him in it, heartbeat of team going forward, link with Lys Mousset great. Last bit really important, he knows it, but something will happen; full confidence in him.@footballheaven
— Adam Oxley (@adam3oxley) December 1, 2019
Wilder will be hoping to see McGoldrick finally get off the mark this week. United entertain Newcastle United at Bramall Lane in what already looks like a crucial game.
Why has Chris Wilder done this and spoken about?
It’s pretty simple, really. There is a building narrative around David McGoldrick with some Blades fans that he needs to start scoring goals. Indeed, we’ll hold our hands up and admit we did raise a similar point earlier in the season.
However, since that article went live, McGoldrick’s overall performances have been superb. Despite not hitting the back of the net, his contribution to the team has been massive.
He might not be filling the stats sheets with assists and goals but his movement and interplay is crucial to United’s success. He drifts into positions taking defenders with him and makes the team tick.
Chris Wilder, then, will simply be backing one of his star men in public. He’s normally one for keeping things behind closed doors but this is a clear indication of his faith in McGoldrick.
Nobody will be more disappointed at not scoring than David McGoldrick. He won’t need telling and he’ll keep plugging away for the team.
Chris Wilder will hope his little pep talk with McGoldrick might well do the trick as the Premier League enters its busiest period of the season.