'More to come from Miele'
Pat Fenlon was pleased to see Shamrock Rovers forward Brandon Miele make his competitive debut for Ireland's U21 side last week, but the Hoops boss still feels there's more to come from Miele.
Miele came on as a late sub in a 4-1 loss at home to Italy in the Euro qualifiers, the first Rovers man to play in a competitive game at that level since Kark Sheppard (2011). Due to family reasons, Miele did not travel to Slovenia for the second leg of that double header and, with a shortage of strikers for tonight's game at home to Galway United due to injury, Fenlon will be glad that Miele skipped the trip.
"He was happy to get game time with the U21s and if you get any type of cap you should be happy," says Fenlon ahead of tonight's game at home to Galway, a test which will be stiffer than expected due to Galway's great start to the season under manager Tommy Dunne, a former Rovers player.
"Brandon had a great season last year and he's started this one quite well and has scored some good goals.
"He probably has not been brilliant in the games and that's the bit we are looking for him to improve and be more involved. That will come with the older he gets and the more he learns about the game. His confidence is high and he has scored some terrific goals," added Fenlon, admitting that ex-Newcastle man Miele harbours ambitions to go back to England. "He has the ability. But, as I say, he probably has to be more involved in games. But I think that will come with a bit more experience," he added, aware that Galway are under no pressure this evening.
"We know that we are going to be in a real game, every game is like that now. Galway have got some good players at the moment and a good system that suits them."