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.

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…

In other West Brom news, ‘Atrocious’, ‘Shocking’ – These West Brom fans fuming after latest on-pitch calamity


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