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Tuesday 14 August 2018

O'Shea wants Galvin to start

THE ‘will he?/won't he?' debate has raged in the Kingdom since Paul Galvin reminded everyone against Mayo just what made him Footballer of the Year not too long ago.

THE ‘will he?/won't he?' debate has raged in the Kingdom since Paul Galvin reminded everyone against Mayo just what made him Footballer of the Year not too long ago.

Kerry legend Jack O'Shea sees the debate very much in black and white terms. “I would start Paul Galvin,” said the former midfield colossus yesterday.

“He showed when he came in against Mayo that he has the ability and talent-wise he should be on the team and I would feel that Kerry will start him. I think unfortunately the player who might lose out is Donnacha Walsh again, it might his third time, he was left out of two teams in the All-Ireland final again.”

O'Shea has heard all the arguments for using Galvin in the role\[Shane Hegarty\] now universally dubbed of ‘impact sub' but reckons the equation is much more simplistic.

He said: “It has worked so far this year but if you're such a talented player and a good player, and I suppose a fellah of his temperament and he's playing very well, it could be negative if you didn't pick him.

“And I'd feel you would get the best out of Paul Galvin by starting him.

“He's been through it before, which is vital on the big occasion, and I think they'll go for that.”

The other debate keeping Kerry football folk talking long into the night at the moment is the exact positioning of Colm Cooper on the pantheon of great forwards.

There has been a concerted effort from some of those who were once praised in equally gushing terms to anoint him the greatest of all time.

Given that O'Shea won his All-Ireland medals with the likes of Pat Spillane, John Egan and Mikey Sheehy, his view on ‘Gooch' carries plenty of weight.

“I think Gooch is as good as anybody,” he states bluntly. “I think there's two or three things that makes Gooch for me. Number one that he can win his own ball. As we saw last Sunday in the hurling, no matter how good a forward you are, if you can't win the ball up forward yourself, your talent is no good.

“But Gooch has the ability to win ball and that ability to make space all the time. That doesn't just happen, he finds space because of his skill and ability.”

Between Galvin and Gooch, you get the impression that whatever is keeping Kerry folk awake at night, it's not Dublin.

rivalry

That might be an extension of their traditional superiority over the city boys or merely the expression of total confidence in their team but O'Shea is adamant the significance of the rivalry

which so heavily coloured his career is not lost on the current bunch.

“Talking to Kerry players during the week and they've have said this is the one they want,” he insisted.

“These players have been listening for years about the rivalry between Dublin and Kerry and they never actually played in that, and I think this is probably the first big game between Dublin and Kerry in years.

“This team and these players haven't had that experience and they're really looking forward to this. \[Shane Hegarty\]and I've no doubt yYou'll see the best Kerry team playing.”

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