The Future Of Irish Football

Recently for The Irish national soccer team, there seems to be a vast amount of players not playing in a regular role. In the year 2010 Robbie Keane, Shay Given, Glen Whelan & Damien Duff have all fallen out of favour with their respective clubs. The majority of them have been linked with moves away from the clubs and I’m convinced its for the greater good.

A fine example of this is Irish skipper Robbie Keane. In 2009 he had arguably his best year for Spurs despite an unusual six month stint at Liverpool. He moved back to White Hart Lane and he regained form and was top of the pecking order. However, soon enough he fell out of favour with Harry Redknapp & was forced to settle on the bench. This week Keane has been linked with former club Wolves & most recently, Birmingham and West Ham. This situation has also been the case for Stephen Ireland & Shay Given.

If an Irish player is struggling to find a slot to play in for his club, no matter how good he is I think he should he dropped, it only makes sense. It leaves a gap open for an Irish player that’s playing well abroad and it gives the Irish team a dose of reality/young blood. As skipper, Robbie’s been struggling for form for club and country but is continued to being picked by Giovanni Trappatoni, current Irish manager. I can’t see the logic. We’ve already seen this plan being put to use by replacing Paul McShane & bringing in Sean St Ledger. As a temporary replacement for Robbie Keane, I think Trappatoni should introduce Anthony Stoke to liven things up a bit, and possibly use Darron Gibson more than he should be. A move away from Old Trafford would be ideal for Gibson, considering he’s a fringe player for United and some consistent form could see him earning a spot in central midfield.

We need to start replacing the old with the new as well, like Englands current dilemma. The introduction of young blood into the squad will prove vital for years to come and with talents such as Seamus Coleman and Gibson & Stokes, we look set for the future.

Ireland’s next match is versus Wales in February which will be Gary Speeds first game in-charge. A surge of youngsters is just what the Irish need at times like these as the Irish defence isn’t getting any younger.


About Dylan O'Neill

Football mad Irish 20-year-old. Living in Dublin so I've had a keen interest in League of Ireland for the last 2-3 years and used to write about it on, focusing mainly on UCD's limited fortunes as well as the Irish national team. I started to merge this interest with gambling two years ago to moderate success so have continued to do so since! View all posts by Dylan O'Neill

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