Goldshire footman doesn't see play so neither will this.
this is a logical fallacy. Perhaps this card will also not see play, but the above statement will still be incorrect.
a turn 1 2/1 is very different than a 1/2 in what it kills and how fast a clock it is, so I think it is a better card than Goldshire. And who knows, maybe aggro taunt warrior with Bolster is a thing and they both go in the deck...
This card may actually see some play with Steward of Darkshire. It would be a 2/1 with Taunt and Divine Shield. That mix of the two can be extremely annoying to deal with. So playing both on turn 4 can really set you in a good position.