mike wrote:I think we may need to raise our perceptions on the lower league clubs in England. As Sean suggested, everyone of them is fully professional and that’s a lot of clubs in League 1 and 2, plus most stadia in L2 would be better than the best we have in Turners Cross and Tallaght.
I also think the natural landing slot for a player moving from LOI might be League 1 now, this is not to slant the standard of LOI, its more so that the level of the championship has risen so much, plus they will still triple their wages, minimum. There will always be a few exceptions like Maguire, but look at the other examples like Towell now in a consistent starting role, McEleneny, O’Connor (Fleetwood) Boyle (Walsall – link), McMillan (St Johnstone – but lower half of SPL prob similar to League 1), Horgan started for PNE on Sat but he seems to hanging on by a thread there. Morrisey from Cork was another to do well in L2/L1.
In summary the last 3 best players in LOI from 2015 (Towell) 2016 (Horgan) and 2017 (Maguire), only one has cracked it consistently at Championship level, and he’s currently out injured.
Great post mike.
As you know, PNE have signed 4 players recently from LOI and 3 of them have struggled to make the grade. The 2 Dundalk lads are both good lads, and are decent players and MAY still make it, but the step up to the Championship is just a step too far at present. Personally, I would send Daryl and Andy out on loan to a L1 club to get much needed game time and to gain good experience. I wouldn’t dive up on Andy & Daryl just yet and if they could go out on loan to a L1 club, it would give them a better chance of making the step up to Championship level next season. As it stands at the moment the step up from LOI to Championship has just been a step too far.
The 2 lads we got from Cork, Maguire looks the real deal but unfortunately he’s injured at the moment. O’Connor (the lottery winner) has gone out to Fleetwood on loan, with a view to getting more games.
Hopefully these lads will all make the grade with time, but I agree with mikes post completely.