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Irish Players needing a big 2015

4 January 2015 58,098 views 2 Comments Written by Michael

Jack Grealish

On the cusp of making his breakthrough at Villa, 2015 should be the year where Grealish can nail down a regular starting position. Impressed on loan at Notts County and already caught the eye in some cameos this season. Aston Villa have been lacking quite a lot of creativity in the first half of the season. This will hopefully open up the door to more involvement for Grealish.


Ciaran Clark

Another Villa man, Clark has not particularly enjoyed 2014. Struggled to impose himself and lost his starting position for Villa. It was becoming apparent that he simply was not trusted by Villa manager Paul Lambert. However, over the past month or so Clark has really impressed in the heart of the Villa defence. Central defence is a position that Ireland have limited options in. An in form Ciaran Clark is essential for the Irish team and hopefully he can come into his own in 2015.


Darron Gibson

Suffered his cruciate ligament injury as such a dreadful time. Since returning Gibson has had very limited opportunities for Everton. When given the chance he has failed to impress. 2015 promises to be a big year for the Derry man where difficult decision may have to be made.


Paul McShane

Found himself in the papers for all the wrong reasons recently. His manager Steve Bruce is demanding an apology from McShane for reasons unknown thus far. McShane did have a good start to this season but 2015 could be a big  year and depends a lot on whether that apology will be forthcoming.


David McGoldrick

Already being linked with a January move to the Premiership, most notably with Leicester City. McGoldrick, along with his striking partner Daryl Murphy, have been excellent in recent months. McGoldrick undoubtedly has the ability to play at a higher level than the Championship, 2015 could well be the year that he achieves that aim.

Shaun Williams

The Millwall man has been one of the standout figures for a generally poor Millwall side.  Yet to make his breakthrough for the senior Irish side but that should not be too far away. The tough tackling midfielder may need a move to achieve his aims in 2015.


Keiran Westwood

The Sheffield Wednesday netminder has been excellent for the second best defence in the Championship. Proved with Sunderland that he has all the ability needed for a Premiership club, a cruel injury meant he lost his number one shirt to Manonne. Proof of Westwoods belief in his own abilities came in the summer when he rejected a move to go to Man City as back up keeper to instead move to Sheffield Wednesday where he would get first team football. 2015 may be the year where he returns to the Premier League and gets the Irish number one jersey.

Shane Long

Big money move to Southampton has failed to produce the goals return expected from Long. Having said this, his all round play in some games, notably against Everton where he was excellent. Rated highly by Koeman, 2015 will hopefully see Long get settled into a side that looks to be on the up.

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  • Folie a deux said:

    Koeman wasn’t involved in the signing of Long. It went over his head. Since then, he hasn’t played as a striker at all. He has been played on the wing and behind the striker. He has been unfortunate in the sense that Pelle has excelled. Even so, Long has done reasonably well. He’s been a bit unlucky to be pushed aside after being Southampton’s best player against Everton. Since then he has been marginalised and I can’t see him being involved much with the signing of Elia and the looming return to fitness of Jay Rodriguez. If Koeman signs a striker, it would be the death knell for Long, I believe. I thought it was quite telling that Koeman publicly criticised him after missing a chance against Man Utd, ignoring the contribution he made to the goal they managed to score in that game.

    He should have stayed at Hull. He was guaranteed game time, he was playing in his preferred position, he was showing signs of understanding with several teammates and he had a good manager who trusted him.

    Long is out of favor. Wilson is out of favor at Stoke. Gibson’s career is in freefall. McGeady is lacking confidence at Everton. Even Coleman is playing below his standards.

    There is plenty to be concerned about with Poland on the horizon.

    We don’t have many players in form and there seems to be a reluctance on Everton’s part for McCarthy to play International football – and now he genuinely is carrying an injury after being rushed back and overplayed in European competition by Everton.

  • Michael (author) said:

    Hi Folie

    I actually felt for Long a bit after that United match. I felt he played very well in game but all that seemed to be remembered was the couple of misses he had. He was superb against Everton, yet has featured little since then. Will help him with Mane going to the ACN but he needs to take his opportunities.
    Makes for depressing reading looking at the Irish in the Premier League.

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