Tuesday 17 October 2017

Ronnie Whelan: Robbie Brady must adapt his game if he wants to be more than an impact sub at Burnley

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Ben Mee of Burnley and Robbie Brady of Burnley are dejected after the Premier League match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison Park on April 15, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Ben Mee of Burnley and Robbie Brady of Burnley are dejected after the Premier League match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison Park on April 15, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Ronnie Whelan

Ronnie Whelan

Robbie Brady didn’t get to play any part in Burnley’s very timely 2-0 win at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

No team finds it easy against Crystal Palace and Sean Dyche is an organised man.

Brady didn’t fit the bill for him in a game he needed to get a result from and that suggests to me that Ireland’s top player in Euro 2016 hasn’t yet absorbed what Dyche wants from him.

For Ireland, he’s Martin O’Neill’s go-to man if he needs a moment of magic and he is trusted to play at left-full or on the left side of midfield no matter how big the game is.

Dyche has different ideas and Brady will have to fight to adapt his game to suit what the boss wants.

I remember when Damien Duff went to Chelsea and it looked like Jose Mourinho was knocking all the good out of him by insisting he track back to a point where he became a wing back instead of the out and out winger we knew and loved.

I’ve no doubt what Duffer thinks about that opinion. He has medals to back up his argument too.

It is a bit of a worry because I thought Robbie had more than enough momentum from the summer and his work for Ireland in France during Euro 2016 to really kick on and make a name for himself in the Premier League.

Brady needs to be something more than an impact sub and from all we saw of him in France, he’s a better player than that.

Neither Brady nor Hendrick have had what could be described as really good seasons and perhaps both are feeling their legs after France.

Hendrick is in the Burnley team because he can still run all day, tackles and has a physical part to his game which Dyche likes. There’s no mystery there.

But I’d like to see more than that from him and much more from Brady.

No time to waste in the Premier League.

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