West Bromwich Albion are interested in a move to bring David McGoldrick to The Hawthorns this summer.
That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claim that Valerien Ismael’s side have made an approach to Sheffield United regarding the possibility of signing the centre-forward.
The report goes on to state that Albion are in the market for a proven Championship goalscorer this summer, with the 33-year-old having emerged as a favourable option for the West Midlands side.
Football Insider also claim that the Blades are willing to listen to offers for the Republic of Ireland international, as he has just one year remaining on his current deal at Bramall Lane.
While it is undeniable that McGoldrick does indeed boast a significant amount of Championship experience, whether or not the veteran forward would be a good signing for the Baggies this summer is much more open for debate.
Indeed, over his 35 Premier League appearances for United last season, the £1.35m-rated man scored eight goals, provided one assist and created one big chance for his teammates, as well as taking an average of two shots and making 0.5 key passes per game.
However, over his 28 Premier League appearances in the season prior, McGoldrick failed to hit anywhere near these heights, scoring just two goals, registering two assists and creating four big chances for his teammates, earning an average SofaScore match rating of 6.78.
As such, when taking into account the 33-year-old’s apparent inconsistency, as well as the fact that the striker is very much entering the twilight years of his career – McGoldrick turns 34 in November – the question must be asked whether the potential rewards of his signing outweigh the risks.
We would argue they do not, with Ismael already possessing a proven Championship goalscorer in Karlan Grant, while McGoldick’s age, inconsistency and lack of resale value, in addition to the fee Albion would have to pay a likely promotion rival for the transfer, would appear to suggest that there would be much better options available for the Frenchman to pursue in the current market.
In fact, we would go as far as to suggest that, should the 45-year-old go on to land a deal for McGoldrick, it will be the biggest mistake of his – albeit limited – West Brom career to date.