Transfer news: A look at Irish players that may be subject to transfer rumours over the next few weeks
Long was all but gone to Hull City on the final day of last summer’s transfer window but Romelu Lukaku’s loan deal to West Brom fell through and Long remained at The Hawthorns. Since then the manager, Steve Clarke, has been sacked so it will be interesting to see what opinion the new manager has of Shane Long. As Premiership strikers go, he certainly isn’t the worst. He has shown what he is capable of and has rarely been given a run of games to see if can show consistency in performances.
If he became available I think there would be a lot of interested parties. His two goals against Aston Villa showed what he is capable of. He has been linked with a move to Newcastle. His pace can trouble anybody, he is well able to torment defenders and he also has a good eye for goal. A lot will depend on who takes over at West Brom.
His time in Russia appears to be coming to an end and a move in January is quite likely. Whether it will be back to England or another European club will be interesting to see. McGeady getting regular first team football will be important for Ireland moving forward. The wide department is one of our stronger areas as there are a number of options and we need everybody playing well in those positions to provide as much competition as possible.
He would be a good fit for a number of the lower Premier League clubs. His end product is questionable and he isn’t the quickest player in the world, particularly for a winger but he does offer something a bit different. He has plenty of tricks and he can go past players and a good coach could do a lot to help his game. Aidan McGeady on form is certainly an asset to Ireland. Everton look the most likely club to sign him
Doyle has worked his way back into the Wolves squad having been told he was surplus to requirements at the end of last season. Having suffered back-to-back relegations, they are a club in decline but Doyle has forced his way back into the side. They currently lie second in the table so their fortunes have improved along with Doyle’s. He is a player that may interest some clubs as window opens.
Doyle by no means disgraced himself in his years as a Premier League striker and has done relatively well for Ireland. The question mark about Doyle is obviously his goal scoring return. At the end of the day a striker’s job is to put the ball in the back of the net and Doyle’s goal tallies over the last few seasons have been poor. Outside of goals though, Doyle offers a lot in terms of work rate, physicality and creation of chances. I wouldn’t rule out a club taking a chance on Doyle in this transfer window.
Ireland’s most capped goalkeeper finally relieved himself from his Aston Villa exile when he moved to Middlesbrough on an emergency loan deal. He has said himself how happy he was to be back playing and now that the loan is due to come to an end it will be interesting to see what happens to Given. In fairness, his replacement Bradley Guzan has done well at Villa so it’s hard to criticise Given losing his place.
He is now thirty-seven, but Brad Friedel is still going at forty-two so Given could still have a few years left playing, but the question will be at what level. There should be no shortage of lower league clubs looking for Given and Middlesbrough may also wish to try and keep hold of a proven top-class goalkeeper. Given has agreed to stay at Boro till the end of the season but he may even secure a long term deal very soon.
Son of former Kerry footballer, John Egan, he has recently returned from a broken leg and having signed a new deal at Sunderland. Unless he is in the first-team plans, another loan move may be on the cards to give Egan some first team experience and also to help him get back to fitness following a serious injury. He is a name that will always be followed given his father’s fame as a Kerry footballer. It will be interesting to see if he makes it in England having made the move at a young age. He looks a very special player and talking about specials, You can visit 888sport.com’s google+ page for updates on all their special bets