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Opinion: Why Middlesbrough would be right to pursue 14-cap international

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Championship side Middlesbrough are on the verge of recruiting Sheffield United forward David McGoldrick, according to a report from The Sun.

The Irishman is confirmed to be leaving the Blades on the expiration of his contract along with fellow forward Lys Mousset, with manager Paul Heckingbottom seemingly keen on freshening up his forward area at Bramall Lane with other options already available to him.

This has allowed Boro to march in and secure an agreement for his services – and looks set to come in as part of a rebuild in the striker department at the Riverside Stadium this summer.

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This rebuild is nothing short of a requirement after Chris Wilder’s side saw Andraz Sporar, Aaron Connolly and Folarin Balogun all return to their parent clubs last month following the end of their loan spells on Teesside.

Unfortunately, Connolly and Balogun failed to deliver on a consistent basis despite the hype surrounding their arrivals, especially the latter who has been backed to become a key figure in Arsenal’s first-team squad in the coming years. With McGoldrick only recording two goals last term, many Boro supporters may want to see a more prolific forward come in.

However, the experienced forward’s 2020/21 campaign should not be discounted, scoring a respectable eight times in the Premier League as one of the only strikers that stepped up to the plate for the Blades during that torrid term.

Also recording four assists in 19 second-tier appearances last term, he can still be a key contributor in the final third and as an experienced option, he could help to guide a player like Connolly and Balogun if another young striker arrives at the Riverside between now and the end of the window.

You just feel the duo were missing an experienced head like McGoldrick during the second half of last term – and that arguably led to both not being able to score the goals needed to guide Wilder’s men into the top six.

At 34 as well, the Irishman may be reasonably content with playing a bit-part role, potentially coming in as a fourth-choice option behind Duncan Watmore and two new strikers.

There’s always the chance he will get plenty of game time under his belt anyway considering Wilder often opts to play two up top, so added depth with McGoldrick at their disposal will be valuable to their cause. This depth could make all the difference in terms of their promotion push – another reason why this could be an excellent addition.

The fact he’s a free agent is also a bonus. They look likely to receive a sizeable eight-figure fee for Djed Spence this summer but with other areas to address and at least two new forwards needed even after his arrival, this cheap arrival allows Boro to divert funds elsewhere.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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