19 year-old Brighton and Hove Albion striker Aaron Connolly has had a dream start to his Premier League career. Connolly made his first Premier League start for Brighton in Saturday’s game vs Tottenham Hotspur. Connolly went on to bag a brace, helping his side to a memorable 3-0 win, in his first Premier League start.
Connolly’s weekend has just gotten even better. The FAI announced, yesterday evening, that Connolly has been added to Mick McCarthy’s squad for the Republic of Ireland’s upcoming EURO 2020 qualification games versus Georgia and Switzerland.
This news will be music to the ears of all Republic of Ireland football fans. Many Irish football fans took to social media to sing the praises of Connolly after yesterday’s performance. The young striker didn’t look one bit out of place in the Premier League. He made it a long 90 minutes for Tottenham’s experienced backline.
The news of Connolly’s addition to the Ireland squad follows more positive news for McCarthy on the injury front. Ireland were expecting to be without both Shane Duffy and David McGoldrick for Ireland’s upcoming internationals. However, positive news came from both men’s respective managers at club level this past week.
Both men have missed the last few games for their respective clubs. However, their club managers sound optimistic about both players’ prospects of featuring for Ireland next week.
Ireland will still be without Richard Keogh, who is out for the rest of the season. Along with Keogh, Enda Stevens will miss the trip to Georgia due to suspension. However, with the addition of an in-form Aaron Connolly to the squad, Ireland may have a team available to them capable of finishing the job of qualifying for EURO 2020.
Should Duffy be fit to play vs Georgia, Ireland’s defence will look much more secure. Meanwhile, the development of an attacking partnership of McGoldrick and Connolly will excite Irish fans. Irish fans will have a lot to look forward to for the upcoming international break.