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West Bromwich Albion are interested in signing Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick, according to Football Insider.
McGoldrick scored eight goals in 35 Premier League appearances and won United’s Player of the Year award last season.
The 33-year-old scored 15 goals in 45 Championship appearances as the Blades won promotion in 2018/19, following his arrival on a free transfer from Ipswich Town.
But according to Football Insider, McGoldrick is now wanted by West Brom ahead of the new season, as both clubs prepare for life back in the Championship.
Here, we discuss this potential arrival at the Hawthorns…
It would be a really good signing for Ismael.
McGoldrick has shown over his spell with Sheffield United that age is simply a number. He’s improved his levels of consistency, even though he’s been playing at the higher level.
The way he links play and picks up intelligent positions make him such a classy player, who would be crucial to Ismael at West Brom.
When you think of the way Ismael used Cauley Woodrow at Barnsley, McGoldrick would be a player that did that exact job, offering support to both the midfield and attack, without heaping pressure on the central midfield players to create.
The issue is, it is hard to imagine that Sheffield United are going to be open to letting him leave heading back into the Championship, particularly to what you would imagine will be a promotion rival.
It would be a great piece of business, but it’s hard to imagine it progressing.
David McGoldrick was the only Sheffield United striker to step up to the plate for the Blades last season – their other strikers just went missing.
So in this sense, he would be someone West Brom can count on to score goals, but he seems like more of a Hal Robson-Kanu replacement than their first-choice striker for the long-term.
At 33, he may only last a couple of seasons at The Hawthorns and compared to someone like Daryl Dikes who lit up the Championship last year, this won’t be a signing that excites West Brom fans.
In saying that, he has scored more around 15 league goals in four seasons at four different clubs and with the likes of Oli McBurnie, Billy Sharp and Lys Mousset already available as options at Bramall Lane, Sheffield United boss Slavisa Jokanovic could be willing to sever his ties with the 33-year-old on a cut-price deal.
As mentioned earlier though, he was the only striker to perform well for the Blades last season, so his price tag would depend on how good this signing is.
Someone of his goalscoring ability is needed at West Brom after seeing Charlie Austin and Mbaye Diagne leave in the summer and could be seen as an affordable option considering his age, but they should be looking at longer-term targets as part of Valerien Ismael’s big project in the West Midlands.
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David McGoldrick has proved to be an excellent player at Championship level and still possesses all the necessary attributes to succeed at this level. In fact, he had a decent enough year last season, scoring eight times for a Sheffield United side who seriously struggled to create chances.
McGoldrick has always looked his best as part of a front two, and the potential of him partnering Karlan Grant is very exciting. The 33-year-old is a very adaptable forward and is just as competent running in behind and stretching the defence, as he is holding onto possession and bringing others into play.
West Brom have some excellent attacking players who provide constant service for the club’s front men – something that McGoldrick will thrive off.
McGoldrick is also a relentless presser of the ball and is a smart operator out of possession. Aspects of his game that would be extremely beneficial to the ever-demanding Valerien Ismael.
He is approaching the concluding stages of his contract and he has plenty more to give at Championship level. It would be a great signing for The Baggies in what is a very important season.