Steve Fletcher called him a “revelation”; a player blessed with intelligence, technique and capable of unlocking even the most well-drilled defence.

If David McGoldrick can learn to finish, or finish better to be exact, Sheffied United would have another multi-million pound talent on their hands.

But David McGoldrick accepts he should have scored more goals: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Although his statistics this season are respectable enough, the former Ipswich Town and AFC Bournemouth centre-forward acknowledges they really should be better than a goal every four games. But he remains convinced, absolutely certain in fact, that his figures will make more pleasant reading come the end of the campaign.

“I could be up there in double figures,” McGoldrick, who has scored five times this term, said. “I am having a little spell where they are not going in. But it is when the chances are not coming along, if you’re not even getting an opening, that you should worry.”

McGoldrick’s confidence stems not only from United’s ability to create openings but also their manager’s inter-personal skills. Chris Wilder, whose side travels to Reading on Saturday placed sixth in the Championship, refused to mollycoddle Dean Henderson after he gifted Leeds their win at Bramall Lane last weekend.

But seven days earlier, when Marvin Johnson’s error handed Rotherham a draw, the 51-year-old spoke about collective responsibility instead. 

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, is a big fan of David McGoldrick: David Klein/Sportimage

Both were players were equally culpable for costing United points. But those markedly

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