Joe McCarthy casts his eye over the Irish players across the water.
In the last month of 2016, four was the magic number with nine players – Keiren Westwood, Robert Kiernan, Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce, Ciaran Clark, Shane Duffy, Jonathan Hayes, Conor Hourihane, and Adam Rooney – all starting four wins for their respective sides
Joe Shaughnessy, Gary Dicker, and Adam Barton all started three games in December
Defenders Derrick Williams and Damien McRory, along with midfielders Darragh Lenihan and Anthony Forde, all lost four games
Dicker and Hayes both started seven games (with Dicker completing 90 minutes in all seven) ahead of no less than 17 players who all started six games!
Wingers Aiden McGeady and Liam Kelly were both substituted three times, while fellow wide player James McClean was introduced five times, along with strikers Shane Long and Graham Cummins
Stayed On Bench
As expected, goalkeepers top the unused substitute table with Aaron McCarey, Shay Given, Dean Brill, Stephen Henderson, and Jack Bonham all remaining on the bench for their clubs. Of the outfield players, Stephen Kelly and Wes Hoolahan were unused substitutes for Rotherham and Norwich, respectively
Hayes’ three goals for Aberdeen is one more than any other player managed in December, while former League of Ireland player of the season Richie Towell was the only player to score a penalty.
Damien Delaney and Jeff Hendrick were both booked three times in December, with both players picking up their yellow cards in only five starts