Even David McGoldrick fears the axe after Ipswich Town’s dip in form
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He may have been Ipswich Town’s most valuable player so far this season, but David McGoldrick is not taking his place for granted.
Not only is he the Blues’ top goalscorer with six from 14 league starts, the striker – who was named Championship Player of the Month in September – has impressed with his all-round link-up play and selfless running.
The Suffolk side lacked spark in dour 1-1 draws against Bolton and Barnsley recently though. And following just one win from seven games, manager Mick McCarthy could shuffle his pack at Blackpool on Saturday.
The introduction of livewire front man Paul Taylor is one option, following his return from a loan spell at Peterborough, but would he and McGoldrick be too similar as a strike partnership?
“You’ve got to try things to see,” said McGoldrick. “Paul’s a very intelligent player, I’m quite intelligent and I think if you put intelligence together it works.
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“Sometimes you have to see it on the pitch because it’s completely different to training, but I can’t see no reason why not.
“Paul could take anyone’s place though so I’m not worried about myself playing with Paul, I’m more worried about myself keeping my place at the minute. Daryl Murphy’s a good player, Frank (Nouble) has come on and done well in the last two games and the boys have been saying that he’s in ‘beast mode’.
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“You got Jack Marriott and Alan Lee impressing in training too.”
Having missed virtually all of last season with an ankle injury, Taylor started seven games during his loan spell at League One side Peterborough, failing to score and earning mixed reviews.
“To be out a year, it’s not easy, people think you’re just going to come back and find your form straightaway but you can’t,” said McGoldrick.
“He’s gone to Peterborough and regardless of what happened – if he scored or didn’t score – he’s gone and got games, which was the most important thing for him. “He’s come back here and looked sharp in training. He’s always making things happen, he’s got great close control, he’s got a powerful shot and can twist and turn anywhere.
“Tayls is a naturally gifted player and I think he could play anywhere. He can play wide and he could probably play centre-midfield too.”
McGoldrick’s 82nd minute withdrawal against Barnsley was greeted by boos at Portman Road last Friday, with 53% of supporters voting for ‘more creativity in central midfield’ and 29% calling for ‘more attack-minded wingers’ in a poll on this website.