Roy Keane will today check for himself on the form of rising star Danny Crowley when the Ireland assistant manager attends the League One fixture between Barnsley and SwindonTown.
A seemingly strange choice of fixture by the Ireland assistant manager to scout gains logic when one of the players on show is being chased by two countries.
The attacking midfielder – currently on loan from Arsenal – was born in Coventry but has represented both Ireland and England at underage level.
Crowley, who only turned 18 last month, is eligible for Ireland through his grandparents from Waterford. Both he and his father have been involved with St Finnbars GAA club in Coventry.
The teen has admitted he is keeping his international options open but the presence of Keane at Oakwell for his ninth senior appearance suggests Ireland are intensifying their interest in enticing him onside. Crowley is still young enough to play at U19 and U21 levels.
With Martin O’Neill and Keane both decrying the lack of young talent emerging to replace Ireland’s ageing side, allied to the fact the duo are set to extend their contracts for the World Cup qualification campaign, Crowley fits the profile of new candidate they crave.
Also in Barnsley’s line-up will be Cork native Conor Hourihane and Ireland U21 striker Conor Wilkinson.
O’Neill was present at the Madejski Stadium last night (FRIDAY) for the Championship game between Reading and IpswichTown and will attend tomorrow’s (SUNDAY) match at Craven Cottage where Fulham host Blackburn Rovers.
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