The battle for the Premier League title has already begun as defenders Manchester City are currently leading the table with a point away from second sitters Liverpool, who bottled the top spot following a 0-0 draw with Manchester United, with reports in Myphonefootball confirming there are eight games left to play in the English top Flight.
As the Premier League keeps getting competitive seasons by season and Ireland footballers played a part in making the English League so, as they keep making their mark in League.
Here are five Irish players making their mark in their respective Premier League club:
Matt James Doherty:
The 27-year-old right back, who plays for newly promoted Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers, has been quite prolific for his English club. Doherty has been one of the few Irish players making a name for himself in the League following his outstanding performance for the club this season.
Matt Doherty, while playing for the Wolves so far this season under manager Nuno Espirito Santo, has registered three goals and six assists in the League which is quite good for a right back player.
The Irish international will be keen to continue his form for his club as they want to stay clear off the relegation zone in their first season after winning the Championship title with betbrain.co.uk offering some interesting odds as they continue their quest in the League.
Shane Patrick Long:
If you’ve been watching the Premier League for a while and you don’t know the name Shane Long, you probably have not been watching the English League.
Shane Long entire football career has been played in the Premier League and the EFL Championship. Long currently plays his trade with the Hampshire club Southampton, playing as a forward in his fifth season with the club.
The 32-year-old Irishman in his years in the English top Flight has formerly played for Reading, West Bromwich Albion, HullCity before finally settling down with the Saints.
Central midfielder James McCarthy has been with English club Everton since the summer of 2013 from Wigan Athletic in a long term deal reported to be worth £13m making him the second most expensive player in the club at the time.
The Irishman is yet to take part in any of the Premier League games this season all due to the injury he suffered last year January in a match while attempting to block a shot on goal from Salomon Rondon which resulted in a broken leg.
McCarthy skills is not to be questioned as he has helped the club in his first year with the Merseysiders club displaying an outstanding performance throughout the season.
Other Irish players in the league are: Harry Arter(AFC Bournemouth), Shane Duffy and Richie Towell(Brighton & Hove Albion), Kevin Long(Burnley), Stephen Ward(Burnley), Greg Cunningham (Cardiff City), Rob Elliot(Newcastle United), Josh Cullen(West Ham) Séamus COLEMAN and Robbie Brady(Burnley).
It only a matter of time before they get snatched up by the big six in the Premier League as the summer transfer window draws near.