So after weeks of speculation, the loan transfer of David Goodwillie back to Dundee United has finally happened.
In what is being described as a “bold financial decision” by the club, the man who opened the scoring for The Terrors in their Scottish Cup Final triumph of 2010 and then later moved to Blackburn Rovers for around £2m plus add-ons has been brought back to Tannadice for a six month loan, expiring on Jan 13th, 2014.
The news has been greeted with an outbreak of joy and delight from Arabs across all forms of social media, as well as the usual amount of bitterness you’d expect from fans of certain rival clubs.
What do I think?
Well I’m happy about it. United needed another striker, as we’re desperately short of numbers up front. We still are I suppose, but adding a Scottish internationalist and a man who is an undisputed fan favourite and proven SPL commodity will help.
It’s only a six month deal – and while United appear to have the option to extend it, the message from Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer is that they look forward to seeing him return there when the loan expires – so I don’t think we should expect miracles from him.
If you are thinking objectively, Goodwillie has been without regular first team football for nearly two seasons, so his development could have stalled. He initially might not be the player he was when he left, and may only get back up to speed a few weeks before his time with us comes to an end.
On the other hand, training with and playing against a higher standard of player – especially when Blackburn were in the Premiership – could have turned him into an even better footballer.
We’ll just have to wait and see, but it doesn’t hurt to take the glass half full approach, does it?
As for the aforementioned “bold financial decision”? Well, we could all spend our time worrying about whether or not the club can afford it, but sometimes football fans need to sit back and relax. If the Chairman thinks he can justify the expense, and it’s not going to affect our ability to bring in more players – and considering we’ve got players on trial and are set to fix a couple of them up to permanent deals this week I don’t think it is – then it’s not for us to worry about.
And to be fair, even if Goodwillie does come at a heftier price than some of our other potential transfer targets, that will be offset against the inevitable increase in season ticket and merchandise sales that this transfer brings.
Indeed, I think credit has to go to Stephen Thompson on this one. He’s gone out of his way to do a deal that will bring fans back to Tannadice. The supporters have been demanding it, and he’s delivered. There’s only so much a chairman can do to get more bums on seats in this climate, and with United losing some big name players from last season’s squad, the signing of an iconic former player like Goodie is quite possibly the best piece of business that United could have made, short of finding a way to make David Narey or Paul Sturrock into a 25-year-old again.
So well done Mr. Chairman and welcome home Goodie. All we can ask is that you do your best for us, and if you can, try to top the overhead kick you scored against Motherwell in 2011.