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Originally posted by John Nice John Nice wrote:

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Whatever your opinion on Crawford is he has found a good one in Finn Azaz - was really impressed with him the other night. I'm a Ross Tierney fan but Azaz was a major upgrade when he came on. Two good feet, composed, strong & always picked the right pass..a proper no. 10. Would call him straight up in November to see how he goes as gives us something different especially with Connor Ronan not playing any first team football.

Thought he was excellent also, but I'd caution against judging a player on a 25 minute cameo (plus 30 in et where he faded a bit, but so did the team and Smallbone/Connolly who he had linked well with had both gone off) who came on vs a tiring Israel side. Thats not to say he doesnt look an exciting prospect, but I'd imagine a little bit more homework might be required, he's still playing L1 football.

In any case, looks like a lad with potential, but I'd still have Smallbone ahead of him as regards elevation to the seniors, probably no harm to promote both for November however. Those two and Connolly look like the only ones worth promoting tbh. 

Coventry is a maybe for me, but unfortunately he is unlikely to play enough football between now and then, no harm having a look I suppose vs Malta- I'm not convinced he's ready yet - hasnt really done anything of note above L1 level, things didnt work out for him at Peterboeo in the Chship. Needs a good Chship loan in January imo to really work his way in to the seniors. We undoubtedly need cover for Cullen, so he has every chance in that regard.
Get your points alright but would still call him up for look see..sure what's the harm as no 21's games left. No issue with him playing L1 as half the squad were playing there last season - his composure on the ball what stood out most for me & we still have major issues in the final third. Agree - would be calling up Smallbone also.
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Originally posted by 10 Box 10 Box wrote:

Whatever your opinion on Crawford is he has found a good one in Finn Azaz - was really impressed with him the other night. I'm a Ross Tierney fan but Azaz was a major upgrade when he came on. Two good feet, composed, strong & always picked the right pass..a proper no. 10. Would call him straight up in November to see how he goes as gives us something different especially with Connor Ronan not playing any first team football.


Looks a baller and someone that could fit that role of being the third midfielder who could link up with the front two. Hopefully Kenny finds room for both Azaz and Smallbone in November.

We need to get a look at some new faces that could maybe add something to the squad. Could maybe see Coventry training just for the fact we don't have someone to step in when Cullen is out. He'll need to leave West Ham though.
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Originally posted by J89 J89 wrote:

Originally posted by 10 Box 10 Box wrote:

Whatever your opinion on Crawford is he has found a good one in Finn Azaz - was really impressed with him the other night. I'm a Ross Tierney fan but Azaz was a major upgrade when he came on. Two good feet, composed, strong & always picked the right pass..a proper no. 10. Would call him straight up in November to see how he goes as gives us something different especially with Connor Ronan not playing any first team football.


Looks a baller and someone that could fit that role of being the third midfielder who could link up with the front two. Hopefully Kenny finds room for both Azaz and Smallbone in November.

We need to get a look at some new faces that could maybe add something to the squad. Could maybe see Coventry training just for the fact we don't have someone to step in when Cullen is out. He'll need to leave West Ham though.

I think it's probably important that we go with close to a full strength team vs Norway with maybe Smallbone in there as the 3rd midfielder, I'd also like to see him try somebody other than Parrott with Obafemi in that game, maybe Ogbene (still havent heard anything re a knock so I'd imagine he's very disappointed). 

I'd be happy to see Coventry, Connolly and Azaz get minutes vs Malta, maybe Ebosele too, but Coventry will have to get a decent loan in January if he wants to make the March squad and Connolly and Ebosele will need to be getting substantial minutes (and a few goals in Connolly's case) in Italy.
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Originally posted by John Nice John Nice wrote:

Crawford praises class of 2022 U21 internationals | Football Association of Ireland (fai.ie)

Sounds like from this that he'll be staying on !!!

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Of the current squad, Conor Coventry, Lee O’Connor, Brian Maher, Aaron Connolly, Andy Lyons, Eiran Cashin, Jake O’Brien, Joe Redmond, Dawson Devoy, David Odumosu, Will Smallbone, Ross Tierney, Joshua Kayode, Tyreik Wright, Finn Azaz and Adam O’Reilly are all ineligible to play in the next U21s campaign.

This is in addition to Gavin Kilkenny, Oisin McEntee, Mark McGuinness, Luke McNicholas, Colm Whelan, Liam Kerrigan, Conor Noss, Joel Bagan, Will Ferry and David Harrington who have all been key members of the squad throughout the campaign.
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