Last week with his second goal in the 3-2 victory over Sheffield United, Leon Clarke notched his 18th for Coventry City since joining on a free transfer from Championship side Charlton Atheltic on January 1st, equalling the number of goals David McGoldrick scored in his loan spell from Nottingham Forest.
McGoldrick spent the first half of the 2012/2013 season on loan from Forest, making 25 appearances in all competitions, also scoring 18 times.
Clarke, who initially joined the club on trial on Boxing Day 2012, before signing a contract when the transfer window opened a week later, arrived just before McGoldrick’s loan spell ended with then-manager Mark Robins hoping McGoldrick’s loan would be extended or be signed permanently, to be able to partner the two up front together.
Clarke had already scored 11 goals on loan for Scunthorpe which prompted Robins to bring the well travelled striker in and with McGoldrick opting to join Ipswich Town, became McGoldrick’s replacement rather than partner.
Before leaving the club, following Clarke’s arrival, McGoldrick insisted in a interview with The Coventry Telegraph that he’d welcome the opportunity to play alongside Clarke.
“The gaffer has spoken to me about Leon coming in and says he’d like me to play up with him. To be paired up with Clarkey would be good but whether I am here or not I am sure he will score goals for Coventry.” David McGoldrick, December 2012.
Clarke and McGoldrick have different styles of play, with the pace and skill of McGoldrick to the work rate and hold-up play of Clarke, but both regularly found the net for the Sky Blues.
With 8 goals already this season, Clarke, alongside Callum Wilson is on course to be Coventry City’s first 20 goal-a-season striker since Dion Dublin in 1997/1998 when he notched 23 goals to share the Golden Boot award in the Premier League.
But who do you feel has performed better in a Coventry City shirt?
Full Coventry City Records:
David McGoldrick: P25 G18 GPG1.34 W10 D6 L9 (40% Won)
Leon Clarke: P29 G18 GPG1.61 W14 D4 L11 (48% Won)