Sunday 18 August 2019

Irish Blades on way to the Premier League

Scott Hogan puts Sheffield United ahead against Ipswich Town as his fellow Ireland international David McGoldrick watches on. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Scott Hogan puts Sheffield United ahead against Ipswich Town as his fellow Ireland international David McGoldrick watches on. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

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Sheffield United's Irish legion are on the way to the top flight after Saturday's victory over Ipswich effectively sealed the deal.

However, they were helped on the way by a player who might not be at the club next season.

Scott Hogan - on loan from Aston Villa - broke the deadlock against the division's worst team.

It was just his second goal since joining in January, with the Irish striker missing out on Mick McCarthy's opening Ireland double-header due to his poor form.

His future is clouded in uncertainty and United may look for players with Premier League experience to strengthen.

Enda Stevens, John Egan and David McGoldrick were able to officially celebrate yesterday after Leeds' draw with Villa mathematically confirmed their ascension.

Mick McCarthy sent his congrats and is also happy that he will now have the players available for May's training camp in Portugal.

"David has had an incredible season and promotion is just reward for both himself and the team, while Scott has certainly given me food for thought with his recent goals," said McCarthy.

"He's worked hard to get back into the Blades team and is a contender for Denmark and Gibraltar now.

"We still have a number of players who could feature in play-offs, but having them available for Portugal is a real help."

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