It’s been a pretty drab international break for Republic of Ireland fans after two defeats to England and Wales, and a 0-0 draw with Bulgaria on Wednesday night.
There were two positives to take from last night – the first is that the 0-0 keeps the ROI in Nations League B; the second is the performance from West Brom’s young defender Dara O’Shea.
The 21-year-old won his fourth cap for his country in the game and was hailed as the man-of-the-match by some supporters and RTÉ Soccer.
Dara O'Shea was the pick of the Irish bunch as the wait for a win, and indeed a goal, continueshttps://t.co/0EZkHLJOJI
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) November 18, 2020
He was also awarded the highest rating of any Ireland player by WhoScored, who gave him a score of 7.6. That was good enough to be ranked as the second-best player on the pitch.
O’Shea has come up through the youth ranks at West Brom and has started five Premier League games this season.
He’s played the majority of games at centre-back for West Brom but was played at right-back last night and it moved one fan to say he was “the best right-back outside the top-six.”
Another fan said, “Dara O’Shea looks a great talent, doesn’t he? Played CB with the under 21s and he might be our best attacking option tonight at right full…”
We’re delighted to see him turning heads on the international stage but we’re even happier to see him come through the international break unscathed.
We need him at his best on Saturday when West Brom travel to Old Trafford.
In the meantime, here are the best reactions to his display for his country last night…
dara o'shea MOTM what a guy #wba
— Charlie (@Charl_WBA) November 18, 2020
Jason knight and dara O’Shea were brilliant, much better than Collins although he had a decent game
— Richy Fawcett (@Richy_Rich1996) November 18, 2020
Positives.. let's do positives..
Dara O'Shea is a great player
Cullen improved the team & both Hourihan and Knight, neither are DMs
Barely fit Parrott still looks good
Kevin Long probably should be starting with Egan ahead of Duffy
We've about 15 players missing today#COYBIG
— Seán Gormley (@Seananigen) November 18, 2020
Dara O'Shea should have gotten it!
— Marty Drumm (@Marty_drumm) November 18, 2020
You can see why a string of managers have talked up Josh Cullen. Him and Dara O'Shea two bright spots tonight.
— Richie McCormack (@RichieMcCormack) November 18, 2020
Dara O’Shea has been superb.
— Aidan Leahy (@Aido_L) November 18, 2020
Dara O’Shea is the best Right back outside the top 6 pic.twitter.com/PbTJ0BbxYw
— ™️ (@Ifccian) November 18, 2020
Dara O’Shea looks a great talent, doesn’t he? Played CB with the under 21s and he might be our best attacking option tonight at right full…
— Dodge 😷 (@seidodge) November 18, 2020
Knight and Dara O'Shea give me a bit of hope!
— Paul Cahill (@paulcahill13) November 18, 2020
5 good Bulgaria things:
2:Randolph sending your man back to Sofia, bit dodgy though.
3:Kenny in charge is good cause it means we don't have to listen to Keith Andrews on commentary or as a pundit.
— Colly (@EoinKavanagh400) November 18, 2020
To be fair to the people harping on about it, if youre judging fairly Jack Bryne did improve Ireland when he came on, no denying it. Think the young man O'Shea has gone under the radar but deserves a mention, if i search hard enough for a positive of late, then Dara O'Shea is it.
— Kavanagh (@ObsessFootball) November 18, 2020
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