Cork's 'fantastic' Lenihan can be another Coleman
Published 20/08/2014 | 02:30
Cork City's Liam Kearney believes that English-bound Brian Lenihan has the potential to emulate top League of Ireland export Seamus Coleman.
Lenihan is expected to play his final game for Cork against Bohemians in the FAI Ford Cup on Friday, with Cork close to agreeing a fee with Brighton for the services of the right-back, who can also operate in midfield.
Spurs and Hull are among the Premier League sides that have been looking at the 20-year-old but the Championship club have presented the best offer at this juncture.
Kearney is sure that Lenihan is made of the right stuff. "I think he is definitely Seamus Coleman-esque," he says, "I think he has got that potential, which is huge.
"What he is right now is fantastic and he can only get better. His attitude is great, he's the first player into training every morning. He is completely dedicated to his football and you'll never meet a nicer lad. What he's done this season, he has been tremendous."
Kearney spotted Lenihan's potential immediately when he returned to Cork last summer. "I played a friendly against West Brom and he played in the centre of midfield that day," he recalls.
"He didn't have his best game, but he kept trying to get on the ball and do the right things.
"I was very impressed with him then. I could see that he had a football brain and he had the fitness. He has it all."
"Some of our players have been running around smelling themselves even though we haven't done anything," he said, "We won a couple of games in a row (before latest run) and that is about the height of it. A few need to bang their heads together and realise what is required at this level."