Coming on for the final 25 minutes or so 1-0 down to Iceland may not have been the ideal way for Daryl Horgan to begin his Ireland career but he certainly made an impact once he did come on.
His industrious playing style combined with his unpredictability when running at defences makes Horgan an exciting player to watch and it is this aspect of his game in particular which the Eir Sport punditry duo of Richard Dunne and Kevin Kilbane picked up on.
“He got at people and he tried to create chances,” said Dunne in the aftermath of the disappointing 1-0 defeat.
Kilbane even went as far as to say:
“I think there was a slight disappointment around the stadium that Daryl Horgan didn’t start this evening.
“You could see when he was introduced the crowd really lifted. It was a great response that he got.”
— eirSport (@eirSport) March 28, 2017
Horgan did put across some of the most dangerous crosses of the game once he came on and will surely be eyeing the June friendlies and World Cup qualifier against Austria in the same month as the time to really make his mark.
Until then the Galway native will need to put his head down at Preston and earn the trust of his international manager by performing week in, week out in the Championship.
He is, however, evidently on the right track to becoming a future international star.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena