I guess I was wrong earlier today when I said that Ross County had made only one signing this January! Today the club announced that it had signed “striker” David Goodwillie on loan from Aberdeen for the remainder of the season. Once can only hope that County got VERY favorable terms from the Dons.
Only two things come to mind when I think of David Goodwillie and they are unmet expectations and off-field problems.
On the field he has quite literally had two good season in his career, 2oo9-2010 and 2010-2011 with Dundee United when he scored a total of 32 goals in 71 matches in all competitions. He’s never scored more than nine times in a season (and that was on-loan with Raith Rovers in the Second Division) other than those two seasons at Tannadice.
Off the field, three known arrests between 2008 and 2010 all involving alcohol and violent conduct.
I praised Jim McIntyre earlier today for the players he’s brought in to the club and the way he’s used them once they’ve arrived at Victoria Park so I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt on this one. For my money, however, this acquisition fails the “cost-benefit” analysis test. Even if he’s been taken on “on the cheap” as a squad player I’d still rather see “could be” like Tony Dingwall, Kyle McLeod, or Greg Morrison getting the minutes than a “never was.”
We shall see.