McCarthy keen on 'skilful' Crowley but ex-Arsenal man is still ineligible
Mick McCarthy says that Birmingham's Danny Crowley is on his radar but not yet available for selection.
English-born, ex-Arsenal midfielder Crowley has joined the Championship club following a fruitful spell in the Netherlands.
McCarthy and his assistant Terry Connor have gone to watch the 22-year-old but they did not have the option of including him in the provisional panel for the games with Switzerland and Bulgaria because he is not eligible yet.
He needs clearance from FIFA to process his switch from England to Ireland and is waiting on the green light. Crowley played for both nations at underage level but his only competitive appearances came for England.
"He's that type of player who plays off the front man," said McCarthy.
"'TC' (Connor) and I spoke and wanted to look at what he brings to the game. He's skilful, he does one-twos around the box. I've got to see more of him in the Championship. He doesn't qualify… as yet."
Callum O'Dowda is very much in McCarthy's thoughts but his uncertain position at Bristol City is a concern.
The winger started the campaign as first choice but has dropped out of favour and it would appear that speculation around his club future has posed problems for the player.
He's out of contract at the end of this season and has refused to extend his deal.
"There were some thoughts that he might move at the end of last season," said McCarthy.
"He played in the first game of this season for Bristol City and 'TC' saw him play. He did OK - not great - and he has not played since, I don't think.
"I have not been chatting to him but I have been messaging him. There was talk about Leeds being in for him in the summer," continued McCarthy, when asked if the player might have been distracted.
"It does affect you, there is no doubt about that and it might affect the way that the manager (Lee Johnson) feels about you if he gave any indication that he might like to leave. That might be held against him."
The Irish boss has welcomed positive starts to the season for Sean Maguire (Preston) and Josh Cullen (Charlton, on loan from West Ham) and they are likely to make his final 23-man panel as a consequence.