5 Gamers To Watch From Stephen Kenny’s First Irish U21s Squad
On Wednesday, Stephen Kenny named his first 23-man Irish U21s squad forward of their European Qualifier in opposition to Luxembourg on March 23rd.
The previous Dundalk boss included 23 gamers in his squad with a mixture of home standouts and younger prospects impressing in each England and central Europe.
As Kenny prepares for his first foray into worldwide soccer, we check out 5 of essentially the most thrilling skills within the 23-man squad.
Troy Parrott (Tottenham)
The stand-out title within the squad, 17-year outdated Spurs striker Troy Parrott has been fast-tracked from the U19s, the place he impressed with Tom Mohan, to the U21s.
Parrott has been in scintillating kind for Tottenham’s U18s bagging 11 targets in seven appearances at home stage in addition to three targets in 5 appearances within the UEFA Youth League.
The 17-year outdated signed an expert contract with the North London membership lately and has travelled with the first-team squad with Pochettino apparently excessive on the previous Belvedere striker.
If Parrott could make the step-up and proceed his wonderful kind from membership stage, then Kenny could have discovered the person to fireside Eire to their first ever U21 European Championships.
Simon Energy (FC Dordrecht)
One of many lesser-known names within the 23-man squad however unquestionably one of the crucial thrilling, Norwich winger Simon Energy is at the moment plying his commerce in Holland with FC Dordrecht.
A direct and highly effective wideman, Energy has been catching the attention of many scoring on his full debut for the Dutch membership in opposition to Jung Ajax in February.
The 20-year outdated started his profession with UCD and has had a lighting fast stand up the Norwich Metropolis ranks, catching the attention of the membership’s hierarchy taking part in with the U23s, thus resulting in his mortgage transfer.
Energy additionally defined in an unique interview with Match of Day, that his spell in Holland is already serving to to enhance his technical skill and Kenny and Co. will probably be hoping that he can translate his newfound skill to the worldwide stage.
Daniel Mandroiu (Bohemians)
A home inclusion, Daniel Mandroiu has already executed greater than sufficient to face out at Bohemians, within the handful of video games he has performed for them since his transfer from Brighton.
A midfielder, Mandroiu was the standout participant for Keith Lengthy’s facet of their opening two video games of the season in opposition to Finn Harps and UCD and in fact has taken to the Airtricity League like a duck to water.
The 20-year outdated can play within the coronary heart of the midfield or additional up, simply off the entrance and has proven he has an eye fixed for purpose, bagging an early purpose of the season contender in opposition to UCD.
For Brighton’s U23s he delivered three targets and three assists in 9 Premier League 2 video games final season and will show to be a superb attacking outfit from midfield for Kenny’s facet.
Conor Coventry (West Ham)
One other midfield participant, West Ham’s Conor Coventry has made the step as much as Kenny’s 21s after showing for each the U18s and the U19s.
Simply 18 years of age, Coventry has been an enormous a part of West Ham’s U23s within the Premier League 2 this season and was named on the bench for the senior staff on quite a few events additionally.
Kenny went to see the holding midfield participant final week and he clearly impressed, therefore his inclusion within the squad.
A really skilled participant regardless of his tender age, he might develop into a key a part of Kenny’s midfield.
Adam Idah (Norwich Metropolis)
A prolific goalscorer at U17s stage for Eire, Adam Idah has additionally been fast-tracked, like Parrott, to the U21s following his robust shows with Tom Mohan’s U19s.
One other who is simply 18 years of age, Idah has scored 9 targets in 14 appearances for Norwich Metropolis’s U23s and is inside touching distance of the primary staff squad at Carrow Highway.
Idah has at all times been a participant who is aware of the place the purpose is in his younger profession thus far, and his ending skill may very well be an enormous asset for Stephen Kenny going ahead.