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Top 3 Irish talents

Posted by Keith Nulty in GAA Abroad | Jun 2017

Republic of Ireland young and talented players are being produced by Premier League clubs or being sent to England at the age of 16. The likes of Kian Flanagan, Jack Byrne and Steven Kinsella are Ireland starlets could be the future for the Irish national football team and this is the story about them. With the help of we collected some insights on the 3 most talented Irish football players of the moment.


Kian Flanagan


Kian Flanagan is an attacking midfielder who plays for Crystal Palace. Flanagan was born in Paddington, England, on August 29, 1999, but he is considered one of the most talented Irish players. His main characteristics are natural creativity, pace and awareness and it is no surprise the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United were keen on signing him in 2015. However, in 2016 he signed his first professional contract in August 2016 and it has to be noted that his deal with Crystal Palace expires on June 30, 2017. Flanagan represented Ireland U17 in the Euro 2016 qualifiers and he found the net in a 6-0 win over Malta.


Jack Byrne


Jack Byrne joined Manchester City at the age of 15 and he played for the Citizens in the U19 UEFA Youth League, scoring 6 goals in 8 appearances for the Premier League club. The 21-year-old footballer, who is capable of playing as both attacking midfielder and winger was sent on loan to Cambuur in 2015, but he missed the start of the season with an ankle problem. The Ireland youngster returned to training after six weeks and he eventually scored four goals in 27 appearances in the league for Cambuur. At the end of the season he was loaned to Blackburn Rovers and he currently plays for Wigan Athletic in the Championship. Nonetheless, he made only two appearances for the Latics in the English second tier last season. Jack Byrne, though, plays regularly for the Ireland U21 team and, no doubt, there is a bright future ahead of him.


Steven Kinsella


Born in Dublin on August 22, 1998, Steven Kinsella is considered one of the most talented Ireland footballers. The left winger, who is capable of playing on the opposite flank as well, signed for Everton back in 2014 and he has been producing thrilling performances for the Toffees ever since. The pacey winger represented Ireland U17 at just 15 and many football experts believe that he is going to become a first-team regular for Everton at senior level. Kinsella currently plays for Ireland Premier League team Dundalk on loan from Everton and reports in Ireland suggest that the addition of the Dubliner could prove to be a great thing for the Lillywhites as coach Stephen Kenny has the ability to get the best out of youngsters.


Anyhow, Ireland national team, who sit in second place in their 2018 World Cup qualifying group at the moment, are likely to rely on the trio in the future. The likes of James Finnerty, Ian Lawlor, Kevin Toner, Brian Lenihan and Dylan Watts are eager to wear the Ireland shirt as well, but it remains to be seen who is going to represent Boys in Green on the international stage in years to come.  World Cup predictions show that Ireland will have a though one in qualifying for the group stage.

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