Dundalk's Patrick McEleney can establish himself as the top player in the League of Ireland in 2017, according to his Oriel Park team-mate Ciaran Kilduff.
Still only 24, Derry native McEleney is in his eighth season in the league. Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny says that the former Sunderland man could potentially be be "the most talented of them all" in terms of players Kenny has worked with and the early signs are good as McEleney starred as Dundalk beat Shamrock Rovers 2-1 on the opening day of the season.
"Patrick has the potential to be the best player in the league this year, without a doubt," Kilduff told The Herald. "He has all the ingredients, you could see against Rovers, when he is in that form, just how good he is. There is another gear in him, I see that in training, at times it's like a man playing against boys.
"He will get all the plaudits now and with that comes pressure where he has to deliver but I know he won't be fazed by it. Our manager is known for getting the best out of great players and Patrick can kick on from here.
"Patrick is quality. You saw that quality with Daryl Horgan last year, and there were flashes of that from Patrick last season, now it looks like he will be even better again this year."