Its the start of a new season so Irish football fans are all hoping that they see the next superstar player to wear the green jersey, we look at five players who could make an impact this season.
Troy Parrott – Spurs
The 17-year-old has joined up with the senior side to rave review for Tottenham in pre-season, impressing against the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Manchester United. With Spurs having sold Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen, there is a chance for Parrott to provide back-up to Harry Kane and secure regular first team football at Premier League level. Should he manage such, there’s no doubt that McCarthy’s hand will be forced to pick the youngster. He would be odds on with Silentbet to get an Irish cap soon.
Gavin Kilkenny – Bournemouth
The midfielder has impressed many in pre-season having scored and assisted in a win versus Lyon among other standout performances. Having moved from St Kevin’s Boys in 2016, the 19-year-old has forced his way into Eddie Howe’s plans for this year, and should he gather regular game time at senior level, he could provide Ireland with further options in midfield.
Jayson Molumby – Brighton (on loan at Millwall)
The midfielder shone for Ireland at this summer’s Toulon tournament, and the U-21 captain looks set to secure regular playing time at senior level having joined Millwall on loan. A clever player who is solid defensively and always looks to pass forward, as well having a keen eye for goal, Molumby could be exactly what the doctor ordered for McCarthy’s senior side. Should he do well at Millwall, there’s no doubt a debut is imminent, given the regard the Waterford man is held in.
Dara O’Shea – West Brom
The 20-year-old centre half displays a maturity beyond his years in defence, having been excellent in Toulon as well as impressing in loan spells at Hereford and Exeter respectively. Premier League clubs have sniffed around O’Shea, and he is in around the first team picture at the Hawthorns. Guaranteed game time in the not so distant future, he is certainly one to watch for Irish fans, and a player bursting with potential.
Dan Crowley – Birmingham
The former Arsenal starlet impressed at Willem II in Holland last year, with Birmingham fending off many for his signature. He gathered an impressively tally of goals and assist in the Eredivisie, and now closer to home, should he make a smooth transition back into English football, a call-up seems inevitable. His quick feet and ability on the ball are exactly what Ireland lack at present.