Monday 11 December 2017

Wes could partner Robbie says Trap

Wes Hoolahan. Picture: Sportsfile
Wes Hoolahan. Picture: Sportsfile

GIOVANNI Trapattoni is considering the possibility of pairing Wes Hoolahan up front with Robbie Keane for the two crunch World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Sweden next month.

"Let's wait and see what happens when Robbie comes back well and (in a ) good condition. I could say maybe Wes and Robbie go in goal. Maybe with his experience we could have scored. With Robbie maybe, sure."

If that wasn't an entirely convincing suggestion, it shows that Trapattoni liked some of what he saw. Trapattoni also paid tribute to Paddy Madden and his eyecatching arrival on the scene.

"Marco (Tardelli) saw him two or three times. In his club it is not easy. But with our potential he can be very dangerous. He has the smell and feel for the ball. He is not bad. He is a mix of (Simon) Cox and (Shane) Long. He played with good personality."

Overall, Trapattoni was happy enough with what he saw in Cardiff and particularly defensively. John O'Shea had one of his better games against Wales and Ireland now have five clean sheets from the last eight games.

"If a team has a good balance we have this good possibility. O'Shea has experience at international level and obviously needs support. Ciarán Clark has increased his personality and is fast and heads ball strong.

"I hope (Seán) St Ledger comes back as well and see what happens if Richard Dunne plays in the future and (Darren) O'Dea also, we have enough good defenders.

"The balance is important. If we concede space on the counter they are obviously in difficulty, but when team is compact and in balance, we are good."

Trapattoni is hopeful that James McCarthy, one of the better performers against Wales, will get a move to the Premier League before the end of the transfer window.

"He has spoken to me about the possibility at the club," said Trap.

"I hope he can change.

"The Championship is different and the Premier League is another quality altogether."

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