Irish Players needing a big 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.