John Joe Patrick Finn: Ireland’s next superstar?

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John Joe Patrick Finn – known simply as John Patrick in Spain – has went from relative unknown to potential superstar over the past couple of weeks. He made his La Liga debut for Getafe earlier this month, coming on as a substitute against Levante. He became Getafe’s youngest ever La Liga player in doing so.

Patrick also came on as a sub against Sevilla at the weekend and impressed enough to earn himself a start in the Copa Del Rey this evening. Club Deportivo Anaitasuna were the opposition as he started as striker, before moving into a familiar midfield role based on his previous cameos. He impressed on the night, playing a key tole in the build up to his side’s first goal.

He did receive national media attention several years ago when he first signed for Real Madrid as a 9-year-old. Following that, though, he gradually faded into obscurity up until a couple of weeks ago.

Before making his move to Getafe, Patrick played in Real Madrid’s youth teams, including a spell at their affiliate club CD Canillas. After signing for Getafe, he played for their C team before being fast-tracked into the first team over the last few weeks.

Patrick was born to an Irish father and a Cameroonian mother in Spain, meaning he’s eligible to represent those 3 countries. He is also reportedly eligible for England, likely through his late Irish father, John.

Ireland are likely to face fierce competition if they are to secure his services given his recent increase in reputation.

Time will tell which nation he decides to represent.

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