Who are ya? Part One of Two

Last updated : 23 September 2005 By Richard Brown

Contrary to the ‘he turned his back on us; so we’ll return the gesture’ mind-set that a very noisy minority of County ‘supporters’ adopt, the capture (or re-capture, as it were) of former Notts striker David McGoldrick represents a very astute move on the part of former Iceland boss Gudjon Thordarson.

McGoldrick in FA Youth Cup final action
Shuffling his pack to great effect, Gudjon has succeeded in bringing in a young man who provides smart feet, frightening pace and a strength belying of his junior years, all this coupled with the youngster having found a deadly form of late makes for an interesting spectacle in his short loan spell here.

A strike-rate of fourteen goals in just seven reserve and youth outings for the Saints speaks very much for itself, with McGoldrick – who comes highly-rated by Saints boss, Harry Redknapp – set to make his homecoming appearance for the club that raised and, later, sold him as a teenager.

Redknapp – whose earlier success-stories in nurturing raw talent boasts the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Jermaine Defoe and Frank Lampard – remains a firm believer in shipping out youngsters as part of their footballing education, with McGoldrick set to follow the long line of youngsters in the Redknapp production line.

The Nottingham-born striker remains the club’s second ever youngest player, second only to fellow ex-Magpies starlet, Jermaine Pennant.

However, McGoldrick has gone where Pennant – so far – has failed to step, as the now Southampton striker re-signed for Notts earlier today, albeit on a one-month deal.

And regardless of the very much outspoken marginal of fans who’ll be upset by his return, the arrival of a quality (and for that there is no doubt) youngster in the side is something, for a fourth division club, that is not to be sniffed at.

With Steve Scoffham set to serve the second of a three-match ban tomorrow, it is likely that the now 18-year old will be named in the sixteen-man squad to face Rushden.

Notts, and indeed Gudjon, appear to have struck Gold once again.