Saturday 25 November 2017

The new faces

Greg Cunningham

DOB: January 31, 1991

Club: Man City

Position: Left-back

09/10 Appearances: 1 (0 Premier League, 1 FA Cup)

Background: The Galway teenager was a striker in his youth before being converted into a defender after moving from Mervue United to Manchester City. Played regularly in the reserves until surprise elevation to the first-team picture as a half-time substitute in the recent FA Cup match with Scunthorpe United.

Trapattoni says: "We asked Roberto Mancini about him and he said that he has good quality so it's important that he comes with us now so we can see him and what potential he has. He's a good young player and we can learn about his behaviour and mentality."

Marc Wilson

DOB: August 17, 1987

Club: Portsmouth

Position: Defender

09/10 Appearances: 26 (21 Premier League, 3 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)

Background: Lined out for Northern Ireland at under-age level before transferring his allegiances to the national team he had supported as a child. The versatile defender has capitalised on a difficult time at Portsmouth to become a Premier League regular and is regarded as one of their main assets.

Trapattoni says: "I think he has some of the same qualities as Sean St Ledger. He has good personality on the ball and he is careful with the defensive line. He is a good talker and tells his colleagues what to do. He's not scared or afraid."

James McCarthy

DOB: Nov 12, 1990

Club: Wigan

Position: Midfield

09/10 Appearances: 12 (8 Premier Lge, 3 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)

Background: Teenage prodigy was snapped up by Ireland after being overlooked by Scotland at U-16 level and hasn't looked back since. After persistent transfer speculation, he opted for Wigan in the summer and, following a bedding-in period, has established a regular berth in the heart of their midfield.

Trapattoni says: "He's fast and confident with the ball and, in the future, he can be very important for us. We need to see him now. I wish to ask him which position he likes because he can play, right, left and he can play behind. It's important we look at this quality and see him on the training pitch face to face."

Daniel McDonnell

Irish Independent

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