A real talent who needs to be playing regular football.
Bournemouth were promoted to the Premier League on Tuesday night thanks to their excellent 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest.
This is great news for one Mark Travers, who is almost a guarantee to be Scott Parker’s No. 1 in the top flight next year. Robbie Brady is also at the club, though he is out of contract and is likely to move on in the summer.
However, Ireland underage midfielder Gavin Kilkenny is in a more interesting situation than the other two, given he is only 22 years of age and has an exciting career ahead of him.
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The former @stkevinsboysfc man made his reputation as a number ten or right midfielder but Scott Parker is now moulding him into a different type of player altogether 🧐#COYBIG pic.twitter.com/9i2fl8q1NZ
— Kenny's Kids (@KennysKids) August 9, 2021
Kilkenny was starting regularly at the start of the season, which resulted in Parker heaping praise on the youngster.
Speaking about Kilkenny and Travers back in 2021, Parker said: “They got into the team by what they did in training and how they held themselves there with their performances.
“Them boys have been performing very well, but the next challenge for them is to be consistent and keep playing well.”
However, after a number of players returned to the squad, Kilkenny began being phased out, to the point that he has hardly played a minute in 2022.
He was almost loaned out to Blackpool in January, but the deal didn’t go through, and as a result Kilkenny missed out on six months of football.
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He won’t want that to happen again, and given the fact Bournemouth will likely sign even more players to help them in the Premier League, he will fall even further down the pecking order.
As a result, an exit looks likely. While Blackpool expressed interest, he showed at the start of the season that he can compete in the Championship, and that is the sort of loan move he should look for.
— UP THE CHERRIES 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) August 7, 2021
A team that plays nice football, and preferably be pushing for promotion, would be ideal for the Ireland youngster.
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