Ipswich Town boss happy with striking permutations as David McGoldrick returns

David McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy

David McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy - Credit: Archant

Mick McCarthy is happy to have extra attacking options next season with David McGoldrick and new man Brett Pitman putting pressure on Daryl Murphy and Freddie Sears.

Asked about the possibility of Pitman teaming-up with any of the Blues’ existing strikers, McCarthy added: “I hope so.

“David McGoldrick was the top man the year before, and Freddie Sears was outstanding after signing from Colchester.

“Yes any permutation from those four players I think. We have got good options there.”

Meanwhile, McCarthy is relishing the prospect of McGoldrick firing on all cylinders in the Championship next season.

The 27-year-old scored seven times in 29 appearances during an injury-hit campaign last term, and was overshadowed by prolific 27-goal hitman Murphy.

McGoldrick returned for the play-off semi-final defeat against Norwich before going away with Republic of Ireland, alongside Murphy, post-season.

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The former Southampton striker is currently recharging his batteries at home, having been given an extended break due to his international commitments, along with Murphy, Scotland’s Christophe Berra and Mauritius midfielder Kevin Bru.

However, McCarthy is confident the McGoldrick of 2013-14, who scored 16 goals in 34 appearances before a knee injury struck, can hit top form upon his return.

“Didz has missed out through injury at the end of the last two seasons,” said McCarthy.

“He was a top player the season before last and last season he played very well until he got injured. Unfortunately he overshadowed Murphy then Murphy did him last season.

“This is a big season for him, he knows that, and he wants to come back flying.

“He has had a couple of extra weeks off as he has been involved with the Republic of Ireland but if he stays injury-free this season, that will be great.

“There is no problem at all, he is a top player.”

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