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Stephen Kenny explains importance of first-team football for Gavin Bazunu amid Premier League links

Gavin Bazunu Seamus Coleman

Stephen Kenny has spoken about the future of Gavin Bazunu.

Ireland boss Stephen Kenny has suggested that a Premier League switch would be brilliant for Gavin Bazunu, if he was able to play first-team football in England’s top-flight.

Bazunu, 20, has reportedly been looked at by a number of Premier League teams in recent weeks, with Everton and Southampton already being mentioned as possible destinations for the Dubliner.

But speaking after naming his Ireland squad for the upcoming Uefa Nations League games, Kenny has explained that Bazunu’s next move should be decided by the availability of first-team football.

“If he’s playing in the Championship that would still be a good move for him, for how old he is..”

“We need Gavin to play, whether that’s in the Championship,” he began, as quoted by the Irish Independent. “There has been talk of the Premier League. If he played regularly in the Premier League, that would be brilliant.

“If he’s playing in the Championship that would still be a good move for him, for how old he is. To play every week would be ideal for him.”

While his club future is headed towards an exciting time, his position as first-choice for Ireland is under threat, however.

Gavin Bazunu

During the last international window, Bazunu missed out due to illness, with Caoimhin Kelleher stepping up in his place. Mark Travers has also recently been promoted to the Premier League with Bournemouth.

“It is a dilemma and one we’ll have to consider,” Kenny said. “There’s genuine competition there and they’re the sort of headaches we want.

“The three goalkeepers have done brilliantly. Gavin was exceptional in the campaign, really exceptional. Caoimhín has come and played for Liverpool at that level.

Caoimhin Kelleher

“Mark has just played every week for a team that has got promoted to the Premier League. These are not easy selections, I must confess.”

Ireland begin their Nations League group against Armenia, before then taking on Ukraine and Scotland in a home double header. The Boys in Green conclude their June window of games with a trip to Poland, taking on Ukraine in Lodz.

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