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McClean sets goal target

James McClean has set himself a target of hitting double figures in terms of goals this season.

The Irish winger has been in fine form for club and country, and scored a brace in Ireland’s recent 3-1 win over Moldova.

The 27 year old has also managed two goals and two assists for his club this season. He also had a hand in West Brom’s goal in their 1-1 draw with Spurs on Saturday. His powerful volley from a corner hit the post, and Nacer Chadli buried the rebound from close range.

McClean is hoping to add to his tally, and he set a goal target in an interview with the Express & Star.

“Being a wide player it’s very important to try and get as many goals and assists as possible,” he said.

“It was a good week away with Ireland, we got two wins, I managed to get a couple of goals. Hopefully I can carry that on.

“Every season you hope to hit double figures. I haven’t managed that yet but I’ve got a few goals and it’s early in the season, so if I get a few more hopefully I can hit that target.

“You need as many players as possible scoring goals. We’ve got a lot of good players in the squad. We need to take the burden off Salomon so if me, Nacer (Chadli), Matty (Phillips), (Darren) Fletcher and any other midfielders can chip in as well then it bodes well”.

McClean has drawn criticism in England for his off-field antics, but he has endeared himself to the fans at the Hawthorns with his work ethic and attitude on the pitch.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis has also reserved praise for the Derry native.

“I was really pleased that he got the goals for the Republic. I’ve got great respect for Martin (O’Neill) and the two results they’ve had over the international period have been fantastic,” he said.


David Smith

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