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Wilder: McGoldrick Will Be Looking Forward to Portman Road Return
Thursday, 20th Dec 2018 19:01

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder says ex-Blues striker David McGoldrick will be looking forward to his return to Portman Road on Saturday.

Republic of Ireland international McGoldrick, 31, was released by Town in May and joined the Blades following a trial prior to the start of the season.

Since then he has netted six goals in 17 starts and five sub appearances and has become a key man in Wilder’s team, which currently sits fifth in the Championship, as well as a fans' favourite at Bramall Lane.

"David will look forward to going back there and playing well,” Wilder told the Sheffield Star. “I don’t think it will faze him, I don’t think anything fazes him really.

"When he talks people listen. His views are very knowledgeable, and he’s a really popular guy in the changing room.

“When we sit down and have discussions about tactical stuff or whatever, he contributes and it's always something that's worth hearing.

"He’s not the loudest in there, but when he says something it’s usually quite funny, or quite meaningful. People respect what he's done, how he plays and conducts himself.”

Wilder added: "He came in to push, and has been one of the leading lights in terms of his performances. The crowd reaction to him has been great.

"He's got genuine talent, that's plain for everyone to see. You always want your lads up top to score but he brings so much else to the table with him.”

Having signed from Nottingham Forest in January 2013, initially on loan but with the deal becoming a permanent switch the following summer, McGoldrick scored 45 goals in 126 starts and 33 sub appearances for the Blues, although with injuries often having limited his involvement.

Speaking about McGoldrick at his pre-match press conference, Town boss Paul Lambert said: "He’s a goalscorer and goalscorers are worth their weight in gold. You tend to find goalscorers make the most money because they can put the ball in the net.”

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boroughblue added 19:11 - Dec 20
A fantastic player on his day, a huge shame that we couldn't keep him fit. Happy for him though that he seems to be keeping injury free, was a good servant to the club.

Wish him the best of luck (just not on Saturday)

Tedsleftfoot added 19:19 - Dec 20
I’m being cynical but what chance of him missing Saturdays game through injury.

whiskey added 19:25 - Dec 20
Hope David McGoaldrought shows up, just for us though. Great player - wish he was still here.

muccletonjoe added 19:33 - Dec 20
Not my favourite player tbh.

soclopath added 19:49 - Dec 20
I often wondered home many of his injuries where "IPSWICH " related.

dirtydingusmagee added 20:04 - Dec 20
bound to score against us .

Warkys_Tash added 20:31 - Dec 20
Class act, our best player here under MM. Should never have let him go but Evans must have wanted him off the wage bill.

@twtd Phil, didn't we still have a year option on him?

Shame he always seemed to get injured in Jan and miss the rest of the season. One of the best number 10's in the league on his day and still only 31. Sheff Utd got a steal, just like we did.

I really hope he has a stinker on Sat otherwise it will still in my throat even more than it does already.

Would have been nice for him to say goodbye to us fans though, just walked away after 5.5years - quite a significant part of his senior career spent here..

Chris Wilder on a wind up, hope we beat them on Sat. They are the Norwich of the North, since the play-off days..

PhilTWTD added 21:39 - Dec 20

No, was no option on his contract.

runningout added 21:45 - Dec 20
Pointless grievances with Sheff Utd are a waste. Need wins v all comers North South or West, and away too Onwards!

alfromcol added 21:51 - Dec 20
Seems like sick-note plays every week now?

jpring89 added 22:30 - Dec 20
Go in hard on those glass legs of his usually this time of year he breaks down.

ArnieM added 23:47 - Dec 20
How many years did McGoldrick steal a living from ITFC, always “ injured”, taking months to ever get fit only to get injured again! He did the same at Forest , hence why they got shot of him. Talented player undoubtably , but he steals a living from the game due to his horrendous injury record. Pity we don’t have a clogger in the team anymore to put in a hefty challenge in the first minute Saturday. We “ owe” him one!

harlingblue added 02:45 - Dec 21
Very skillful player despite being very slow? Should have played more for Town, but somehow always blighted by injuries.
If he is deemed a key player for Sheffield, then a few hefty (but fair) challengers should come his way? If his body stands up to it, then fair play to him, but a question mark is then held over the previous physios of our club?
Perhaps Huws and Adeami could be moved off our wage bill and on to Sheffield United for the miracle cure?

Dissboyitfc added 08:30 - Dec 21
soclopath, good point, how many of his injuries were related to Ipswich? Makes you wonder how a player can be such a sick note one minute then moves on and becomes an ever present! Always enjoyed watching him whenever he was on song, i do fear he will get a goal or two against our fragile defence, hope i am wrong though! we need the 3 points!


oldelsworthyfan added 09:12 - Dec 21
Too early to say, but it makes you wonder if the MM regime's training/fitness methods were behind many of our players spending so much time here injured?

Jesney_Havoc added 09:23 - Dec 21
Looks like the script is written for Saturday. McGoldrick bound to get the winning goal

JewellintheTown added 10:04 - Dec 21
As long as we keep passing the ball, he'll tire quickly and wont be a problem. He needs ball to feet, so as long as we can cut those out, we should be good.

Hegansheroes added 10:25 - Dec 21
Strange isn't it how McGoldrick is injury free and scoring regularly. Was it MM's training methods that gave him so many injuries or did he just not want to play for the dinosaur. DM is a footballer, MM wanted donkeys who could just run & chase hopeful long balls with no direction.

Michael101 added 11:03 - Dec 21
Well be will know his way to the treat.ent room

rugbytomc added 13:51 - Dec 21
McCarthy came out and said a lot of his injuries were down to the fact he wouldn't relocate to the area so his commute from near Nottingham was nearly 3 hours each way each day and that long in the car didn't help his body (hence lot's of hamstring pulls). So McGoldrick can foxtrot oscar and so can Chris Wilder - who do Sheff Utd think they are trying to buy Waghorn on the cheap and when much bigger clubs were after him?! I hope we stuff them!

Blue_Moses added 14:28 - Dec 21
Hugely mis-managed here under MM and his team of experts, I'm of the understanding he doesn't train for Sheff Utd and keeps fit by playing every 3-7 days, therefore staying injury free.
Looks like they are reaping the benefits.

blueboy1981 added 23:33 - Dec 21
What's the bet on him showing us what we are missing now he is being played, as he always wanted with us ? - and indeed should have been.

blueboy1981 added 23:38 - Dec 21
How can anyone misunderstand a player as much as some of you do ? - SIMPLES - under MM he was playing for a DINOSAUR who would never player him in his correct position, and therefore he completely nullified everything he had to offer us.

Class act then - and now - just being played to his STRENGTHS.


blueboy1981 added 23:41 - Dec 21
Didn't I predict what he would do for Sheffield Utd ..... ??? - NOT rocket science either.

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