Uncapped Ireland Prospects For 2017
March 24, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry

There appears to be a pretty limited amount of potential in the Irish footballing pool at the moment. Each and every time a new messiah comes along, it’s only a matter of time before they are found wallowing about as a squad player in an underachieving championship team. This is most evident in the fact that there was only one player under the age of 21 in the squad for the recent WCQ against Austria.

It’s not all bad though, here are some of the uncapped players who could make an impact in the next few years.

Daryl Horgan – (Preston North End)

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So not exactly a child at 24 years old but still yet to make his bow. The former Dundalk man was the darling of the Airtricity League as he spearheaded their charge to the Europa League group stages where they put in a very respectable performance. Since moving to Preston in the championship, he has kept up his form as he adapts to life in a far more competitive division. If given the chance for Ireland, I think he could be a more consistent performer than his club teammate Aiden McGeady.

Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa)

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Hourihane is another uncapped player who is heading to the peak of his career and could really bring something new to the fold if given a chance. Having just moved to the recently relegated Villa, he has made a promising start and his adventurous running from midfield allows him to create chances and chip in with the odd goal.

Alan Browne (Preston North End)

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Another member of the strong Irish contingent currently playing the Preston, Browne was crowned the Irish U21 player of the year for 2015. He has captained the country at U19 level and could be the answer for the midfield problems. It’s no secret that Glenn Whelan and James McCarthy can be sporadic with their form which means there is nothing stopping a player like Browne presenting himself.

Noe Baba (Birmingham City)

Noe Baba has committed himself to Birmingham

The final player is the one that I think could be a massive part of Ireland’s future. Cameroon born Baba who hails from Castlebar has long been tipped for success at the top level in Irish media. As with most highly talented young footballers, once being snapped up by an English club, the attention died down while he developed his game in an academy at the other side of the Irish Sea. He has represented Ireland at every age group from U15 up to U21 and the composed centre half could yet be on Martin O’Neill’s mind.

Honourable Mentions

There’s a few talents we left off the list. Liam Kelly of Reading has been having a wonderful season and already made the recent squad only to be struck down by injury. Scott Hogan is starting to shape up as the new Stephen Ireland or Jack Grealish for younger readers. Maybe MON & Roy should point that out to him and he can see how well the other two have done. Johnny Hayes is still in the squad and he is having his best ever season so he could be a great option on Friday night too! Jack Byrne… potentially time to give up on him being the saviour he thinks he is and see how he does at Wigan. Potentially best served with a move abroad to get a style more suited to him rather than slogging it out in the lower leagues in England. Being fair, we have some great potential coming through at the minute and fingers crossed they can stay focused and make the grade at club level and excel for the boys in green in the coming years.

If you have any you think we missed let us know!

Ryan Corry
Jack of all trades, master of none. Optimistic Sunday league footballer and occasional PRO. Claim To Fame – I once played Minor at the age of 20.

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Uncapped Ireland Prospects For 2017
March 24, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry

There appears to be a pretty limited amount of potential in the Irish footballing pool at the moment. Each and every time a new messiah comes along, it’s only a matter of time before they are found wallowing about as a squad player in an underachieving championship team. This is most evident in the fact that there was only one player under the age of 21 in the squad for the recent WCQ against Austria.

It’s not all bad though, here are some of the uncapped players who could make an impact in the next few years.

Daryl Horgan – (Preston North End)

daryl-horgan-pne

So not exactly a child at 24 years old but still yet to make his bow. The former Dundalk man was the darling of the Airtricity League as he spearheaded their charge to the Europa League group stages where they put in a very respectable performance. Since moving to Preston in the championship, he has kept up his form as he adapts to life in a far more competitive division. If given the chance for Ireland, I think he could be a more consistent performer than his club teammate Aiden McGeady.

Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa)

hourihane

Hourihane is another uncapped player who is heading to the peak of his career and could really bring something new to the fold if given a chance. Having just moved to the recently relegated Villa, he has made a promising start and his adventurous running from midfield allows him to create chances and chip in with the odd goal.

Alan Browne (Preston North End)

download-1

Another member of the strong Irish contingent currently playing the Preston, Browne was crowned the Irish U21 player of the year for 2015. He has captained the country at U19 level and could be the answer for the midfield problems. It’s no secret that Glenn Whelan and James McCarthy can be sporadic with their form which means there is nothing stopping a player like Browne presenting himself.

Noe Baba (Birmingham City)

Noe Baba has committed himself to Birmingham

The final player is the one that I think could be a massive part of Ireland’s future. Cameroon born Baba who hails from Castlebar has long been tipped for success at the top level in Irish media. As with most highly talented young footballers, once being snapped up by an English club, the attention died down while he developed his game in an academy at the other side of the Irish Sea. He has represented Ireland at every age group from U15 up to U21 and the composed centre half could yet be on Martin O’Neill’s mind.

Honourable Mentions

There’s a few talents we left off the list. Liam Kelly of Reading has been having a wonderful season and already made the recent squad only to be struck down by injury. Scott Hogan is starting to shape up as the new Stephen Ireland or Jack Grealish for younger readers. Maybe MON & Roy should point that out to him and he can see how well the other two have done. Johnny Hayes is still in the squad and he is having his best ever season so he could be a great option on Friday night too! Jack Byrne… potentially time to give up on him being the saviour he thinks he is and see how he does at Wigan. Potentially best served with a move abroad to get a style more suited to him rather than slogging it out in the lower leagues in England. Being fair, we have some great potential coming through at the minute and fingers crossed they can stay focused and make the grade at club level and excel for the boys in green in the coming years.

If you have any you think we missed let us know!

Ryan Corry
Jack of all trades, master of none. Optimistic Sunday league footballer and occasional PRO. Claim To Fame – I once played Minor at the age of 20.

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