Former Ireland frontman Kevin Doyle has expressed his delight at seeing a new batch of promising young strikers coming through the Irish ranks.
Doyle, who spent 11 years in the Irish setup, was a staple up top for the Boys in Green for many years scoring 14 goals in the 63 caps he won for his country.
Goalscoring has become somewhat of an Achilles heel for Ireland in the last number of years, since the retirement of Robbie Keane, with 2018 proving to be an especially tough year in front of goal.
There does, however, look to be a number of promising young strikers coming through the ranks, with Spurs’ 17-year old sensation Troy Parrott and Norwich City’s Adam Idah two of the standouts.
Both have been prolific in the underage setup for club and country and Doyle, who is hoping to have Parrott available for his Irish U17s side in the summer, was keen to mention the two strikers as ones to watch for the future.
“I’m with the U17s and Troy Parrott, I don’t know if we’re going to have him or not. We’re in the Euros in the summer and the 19s are in the Euros in the summer and he’s going to be involved with Spurs, he’s very close to training with the first team so they obviously want him and the U21s want him.
“I haven’t seen him but everyone who is with the U17s, the coaches and that have all said he’s really really good and we’re really hoping that we have him for that tournament.
“There’s a lot of talk about him and he has trained with the Spurs first team a number of times so that’s a very good sign for someone who is still only 17.
“Adam Idah, I’ve seen his goals for the U21s and again the U17s, Colin O’Brien had him previously and he raves about him as well.”
Alongside Ireland’s record goalscorer Keane, Doyle was a part of an era which saw many strikers, like Shane Long and Jon Walters, become constants in the international setup.
With Keane and Walters retired and Long coming towards the end of his international career, Ireland are in need of the next generation of goalscorers to step up.
Speaking at the launch of the Aviva Stadium Tour, the 36-year old explained that it’s great to finally see a strong batch of strikers coming through the Irish ranks.
“It’s good because there was a little gap there for the last year or two where you’re like ‘well where’s the next batch of strikers?’
“When I first got in the Irish squad it was Robbie Keane and me and not long after it was Daryl Murphy, Shane Long and Jon Walters and it was that five, Simon Cox and Andy Keogh came and went but it was us for ten years.
“We came in at 21/22 and stayed until we were 35/36 with no one coming through but it looks as if there’s a bit of a supply starting to come through now and we need it.”
Irish football international Kevin Doyle today launched the new Aviva Stadium Tour which provides fans with a unique behind the scenes experience of Ireland’s primary international sports’ Stadium. Visitors to the new tour can delve into Ireland’s international sporting heritage while also experiencing first-hand what match day is like for our international football and rugby players.