Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick is hoping that he and fellow Blade Callum Robinson can bring their new found strike partnership to the international stage when Ireland face Switzerland on Thursday night.
McGoldrick and Robinson started three of Sheffield United’s first four games in the Premier League with the Blades managing a solid start to life back in the top flight having won one and drawn two to begin the season.
The pair have linked up again this week in the Irish camp and will be looking to renew their partnership when the difficult challenge of the Swiss comes to town.
Both McGoldrick and Robinson started against Gibraltar in the 2-0 win and the former was full of praise for his Sheffield United team mate on the pitch, but joked that off the pitch, the former Preston man is “a bit of a dope.”
“Callum is a good player, began McGoldrick.
“He started the last game against Gibraltar and nearly scored and he’s come to Sheffield United and done really well again. He’s a bright footballer and he’s easy to play with.
“He’s got good feet and a good football brain. Off the pitch he’s a bit of a dope but he’s a got a football brain so that helps any footballer.”
Joking aside, the partnership Robinson and McGoldrick have developed at club level can only be a positive from an Irish point of view and could go a long way in helping to solve Ireland’s current goalscoring crisis.
None of the four strikers in the current Irish squad have found the net so far in their international careers, but McGoldrick feels that the chemistry he and Robinson have developed at club level could pay dividends in front of goal for the Boys in Green
“Yeah, it’s nice training with him everyday at club level knowing the things he does the little movements he likes doing.
“We’d worked a lot in pre-season together so if we do play together at international level it would bode well for the country.”
McGoldrick continued by highlighting both he and Robinson’s versatility, with the pair able to play in a plethora of different positions around the pitch.
“I’ve played different positions. I played the last ten minutes at Stamford Bridge in a midfield three on Saturday. I’ve played in the ten and the nine, Callum in his Preston days he was wide of a three.
“We’re both flexible to play in other positions. There are other strikers here too who might play as well so I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
McGoldrick and Ireland know that they face a tough task on Thursday night with the Swiss just outside the world’s top ten and the favourites to win the group.
The Boys in Green were handed a boost late last week however, with the news that Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri would not be making himself available for the game on Thursday night.
So how did McGoldrick react to the news of the Swiss missing on of their best players?
“I was buzzing, he’s a good player isn’t he?”