Home Football Preston’s Alan Browne Has Been Making A Serious Case For An Ireland Place

Preston’s Alan Browne Has Been Making A Serious Case For An Ireland Place

PRESTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: Preston North End's Alan Browne celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Wolverhampton at Deepdale on February 17, 2018 in Preston, England. (Photo by Mick Walker - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Preston North End midfielder Alan Browne has quietly been impressing as one of the Championship’s most consistent performers in recent weeks.

The 22-year-old scored for the Lilywhites as they drew 1-1 with league leaders Wolves at Deepdale on Saturday, in what was his second goal in three games (five for the season in all competitions).

However, it is not just for his recent goal form that Browne has impressed – as for the fourth game running, the former Ringmahon Rangers and Cork City man has been named Preston’s man of the match for his performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At a time when the Ireland national side is set to undergo something of a transition with some of the old guard moving on, and the current midfield in particular coming in for criticsm during the World Cup qualification campaign, the fact that players such as Browne and Conor Hourihane are stepping up for their  respective clubs at just the right time bodes extremely well for the Boys in Green and manager Martin O’Neill.

With Alex Neil’s side battling for a Championship spot and Aston Villa aiming for automatic promotion, a large swathe of the new generation of Irish internationals could find themselves playing Premier League football in the near future.

In addition to Browne’s strong form, there was further good news from an Irish perspective at Deepdale on Saturday. Fellow former Ringmahon Rangers player Adam O’Reilly was named in the Preston matchday squad for the first time, with the  16-year-old midfielder names among the substitutes.

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