The biggest Irish transfer this summer has been the Stoke Defender Nathan Collin’s move to Burnley FC, for a deal believed to be €14 million. Collin’s was one of the most sought after defenders in the Championship, he arrived from Cherry Orchard in 2017 and quickly established himself as a real talent.
While Burnley might not be as illustrious a destination for some players, under manager Sean Dyche they have produced a number of top class defenders, like Michael Keane. It is expected that the arrival of Collins will see Burnley once again sell one of their main defenders with James Tarkowski most likely or possibly Ben Mee.
Last season not many Ireland fans had heard of Gavin Bazunu, but having made his debut recently under Stephen Kenny, and showing how nerveless he was in that game and his next games for Ireland. He has now jumped the queue as Ireland’s number 1 ahead of Darren Randolph. Which is a an incredible turn around for a player so young, he was playing for Rochdale last season on loan from Manchester City. The other rival for Ireland’s number 1 spot is Caoimhin Kelleher who is now Liverpool’s number 2. So, kudos for Bazunu for taking his chance.
He will play on loan at Portsmouth next season, under manager Jim Crowley who thinks he is one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe. Last season it was a relegation dog-fight with Rochdale but Portsmouth will be expected to be in the hunt for promotion, especially now with Bazunu in nets.
It goes to show how quickly a players fortune can change in football and like online betting in Ireland, you can also be fortunate but it helps to have some useful tips before you make your betting choices.
Liverpool have sent out a strong message that they want to keep Caoimhin Kelleher and make him their number 2 goalkeeper. While most would say that he was their number 2 ever since playing in goals in the Champions League, against Ajax back in December. But some niggly injuries saw him miss out on a few more first team starts to Adrian. But the young Cork man can be happy with his 5 first team starts, so, this long term deal will certainly mean he is in Klopp’s long term plans. Liverpool will look to emerge from their strange season where their defence of the Premier League fell apart in January and February so spectacularly.
Wolfsburg starlet, Anselmo Garcia McNulty, signed his first professional contract with the club. At 18 years old the defender has a long way to go in his career, but it’s encouraging to see more and more Irish players playing across Europe. The recent Ireland Under 21s squad included another Bundesliga ex player Ryan Johansson (now with Sevilla) and La Liga’s Getafe’s player John Joe Patrick Finn Benoa.