Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Coventry City Advent Calendar - My 25 Favourite Players - Day 12 - David McGoldrick

I tell you what, it's bloomin' cold, in case you hadn't noticed by the entire population of the United Kingdom screaming about it on ever platform of social media, and some even in the street. This is what Christmas is all about, mind you it's a bit early but we're still far enough in to the advent calendar to class it as close. Today's instalment is an odd one looking as a supporter from another club, but he was heroic in his short spell here.

Nottingham Forest fans were laughing when we signed who they called "David McGoaldrought" on a short term loan deal back in our first season in League One. It didn't look as if his spell here was going to be as successful as we hoped it would be, but any doubts were smashed away by his magical feet almost instantly. I'm going to make a bold statement, he's my favourite striker to ever put on the shirt, McGoldrick was simply amazing.

18 goals in 24 games, how ridiculous is that? This has just triggered me to look back at all of his goals from that half of the 12/13 season and some of them were insanely good. For every poacher style tap in there was a wonder goal from outside the area. He just always managed to have a perfect instinct for what type of finish would be best for the situation he found himself in, and nearly every time he was bang on.

My personal favourite, and I'm sure the favourite of others, was the 35 yard chip away at Stevenage, to have the awareness to see the keeper off his line and execute the finish is magnificent. Plus he was doing a lot of this in my favourite away kit of all time (Yes, I'm young), and it really was just like watching Brazil. By the time he reached 18 it was the end of 2012 and we were desperate to keep hold of him for the rest of the season.

I remember him saying that if he wanted to stay and he wanted to get 30 goals. I hyperventilated a tad seeing this, and I'm sure we tried everything we could, but really, couldn't we have just broken the bank? Ipswich were willing to let him go on a permanent or even just on loan for the rest of the season. We should have forked out all the money we had to make it happen as we would have gone up. (Or at least made the play offs considering the 10 point deduction.)

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