Nottingham Forest are one of eight different clubs that David McGoldrick played for before joining Sheffield United.

He is certainly a player that the Reds are advised to keep an eye on ahead of their trip to Bramall Lane on Good Friday.

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McGoldrick has picked up 13 goals and three assists in the Championship this season after the Blades picked him up on a free transfer. His most recent strike came in the 1-0 win against Preston North End on 6 April.

Familiar face

Martin O’Neill, though, will not need telling about McGoldrick’s ability. The Northern Irishman worked with the striker during their time together at the Republic of Ireland, alongside Roy Keane.

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McGoldrick, however, was frozen out of the international picture by the experienced management duo. Despite giving the striker his debut against USA a couple of years ago, they soon decided that he wasn’t in their plans. He didn’t make a single appearance for his country in 2018.


Speaking to Off The Ball a couple of weeks ago, McGoldrick insisted there wasn’t any major fall-out between himself and O’Neill. He said: “At club level, at international level, you’re going to have disagreements with the manager about not playing.

“I was left out and I spoke to (O’Neill) before one of the games and he told me he was leaving me out.

“I wasn’t happy. But there was no falling out. There was nothing. We were all on good terms. And then that was it, I didn’t get picked.”

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Having played a key role in Chris Wilder’s side this season, McGoldrick has more than proved his quality. But the fact he wasn’t rated by O’Neill might mean he is on a point-proving mission once again.

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