On Wednesday, Stephen Kenny named his first 23-man Irish U21s squad ahead of their European Qualifier against Luxembourg on March 23rd.
The former Dundalk boss included 23 players in his squad with a mix of domestic standouts and young prospects impressing in both England and central Europe.
As Kenny prepares for his first foray into international football, we take a look at five of the most exciting talents in the 23-man squad.
Troy Parrott (Tottenham)
The stand-out name in the squad, 17-year old Spurs striker Troy Parrott has been fast-tracked from the U19s, where he impressed with Tom Mohan, to the U21s.
Parrott has been in scintillating form for Tottenham’s U18s bagging 11 goals in seven appearances at domestic level as well as three goals in five appearances in the UEFA Youth League.
The 17-year old signed a professional contract with the North London club recently and has travelled with the first-team squad with Pochettino apparently high on the former Belvedere striker.
If Parrott can make the step-up and continue his excellent form from club level, then Kenny may have found the man to fire Ireland to their first ever U21 European Championships.
Simon Power (FC Dordrecht)
One of the lesser-known names in the 23-man squad but unquestionably one of the most exciting, Norwich winger Simon Power is currently plying his trade in Holland with FC Dordrecht.
A direct and powerful wideman, Power has been catching the eye of many scoring on his full debut for the Dutch club against Jung Ajax in February.
The 20-year old began his career with UCD and has had a lighting quick rise up the Norwich City ranks, catching the eye of the club’s hierarchy playing with the U23s, thus leading to his loan move.
Power also explained in an exclusive interview with Pundit Arena, that his spell in Holland is already helping to improve his technical ability and Kenny and Co. will be hoping that he can translate his newfound ability to the international stage.
Daniel Mandroiu (Bohemians)
A domestic inclusion, Daniel Mandroiu has already done more than enough to stand out at Bohemians, in the handful of games he has played for them since his move from Brighton.
A midfielder, Mandroiu was the standout player for Keith Long’s side in their opening two games of the season against Finn Harps and UCD and in truth has taken to the Airtricity League like a duck to water.
The 20-year old can play in the heart of the midfield or further up, just off the front and has shown he has an eye for goal, bagging an early goal of the season contender against UCD.
For Brighton’s U23s he delivered three goals and three assists in nine Premier League 2 games last season and could prove to be an excellent attacking outfit from midfield for Kenny’s side.
Conor Coventry (West Ham)
Another midfield player, West Ham’s Conor Coventry has made the step up to Kenny’s 21s after appearing for both the U18s and the U19s.
Just 18 years of age, Coventry has been a massive part of West Ham’s U23s in the Premier League 2 this season and was named on the bench for the senior team on a number of occasions also.
Kenny went to see the holding midfield player last week and he clearly impressed, hence his inclusion in the squad.
A very experienced player despite his tender age, he could become a key part of Kenny’s midfield.
Adam Idah (Norwich City)
A prolific goalscorer at U17s level for Ireland, Adam Idah has also been fast-tracked, like Parrott, to the U21s following his strong displays with Tom Mohan’s U19s.
Another who is only 18 years of age, Idah has scored nine goals in 14 appearances for Norwich City’s U23s and is within touching distance of the first team squad at Carrow Road.
Idah has always been a player who knows where the goal is in his young career so far, and his finishing ability could be a massive asset for Stephen Kenny going forward.