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“He’ll Go A Bit More Attacking” - David McGoldrick On Stephen Kenny's Ireland Plans

“He’ll Go A Bit More Attacking” - David McGoldrick On Stephen Kenny's Ireland Plans

After winning this year's FAI Player of the Year, you'd be forgiven for thinking that David McGoldrick is happy to put his feet up, switch off, and enjoy some well-earned rest.

However, the Ireland striker is raring to go for the UEFA Nations League campaign that begins with a trip to Bulgaria on Thursday, September 3 before home ties against Finland three days later and Wales on October 10.

Topping the Nations League group would help Stephen Kenny's men if a potential play-off was needed for the World Cup in 2022. However, those games pale in importance when compared to Ireland's upcoming Euro 2020 play-off match with Slovakia on 8 October.

Should Stephen Kenny's side beat Slovakia, they will then face the winners of Northern Ireland and Bosnia Herzegovina on November 12.

Of course, COVID could play havoc with those fixtures, but after an impressive debut Premier League season with Sheffield United, McGoldrick is excited about Ireland adopting a more attacking style of play under Stephen Kenny.

"I don't think we've scored lots of goals through our campaigns but we definitely have the talent to do that. I think it's just finding the right formula. We won't go gung-ho and start bombing lots of players forward because, with the quality that we're playing against, we'll get picked off. I'm looking forward to what's coming up, the players that we've got, and those that might come in. Different ideas from the manager could bring us a long way," said the striker during an interview with the FAI.

In terms of his international career, McGoldrick's goal against Switzerland was his first in a green jersey and he's optimistic that Kenny will try to introduce a more free-flowing style of football.

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"I think so, but that's down to the manager. Believing in what I've seen of him, I believe he'll want to change it and he might want to go a bit more attacking, that would be music to my ears. Every player wants to play in an attacking team and we've got the players to do it. I don't see why not?" he added.

McGoldrick will be hoping to be a part of Kenny's first competitive fixture as national manager when Ireland face Bulgaria on September 3.

You can see his whole interview below.

Paul Moore

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