Aaron Connolly received praise from the Match of the Day pundits for his performance on Saturday afternoon.
The 19-year-old forward from Galway scored twice in Brighton and Hove Albion’s 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
Connolly, on his first start in the Premier League, became the first Irish teenager since Robbie Keane in 1999 to score a brace in the English top-flight.
He also became the 100th Irish player to score in the Premier League and was called up to the Ireland senior squad later on Saturday evening.
Mick McCarthy had originally left Connolly out of his 24-man squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Georgia and Switzerland. The Ireland boss said he was behind players such as James McClean and Scott Hogan in the pecking order, and that the upcoming matches were not games for debutants.
However, McCarthy reacted quickly after Connolly put Spurs to the sword.
The Brighton forward’s excellent Saturday was capped by Match of the Day’s analysis of his performance. Alan Shearer, the Premier League’s all-time top goal scorer, appeared to be very impressed by Connolly and was full of praise for the Galway-native.
Shearer complimented his intelligent movement, finishing and work-rate. The former Newcastle United forward said Connolly was “absolutely magnificent” and that the player “ran the Spurs defence ragged.”
Shearer said that Tottenham “couldn’t cope” with the young Irish forward. You can watch his analysis here: