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Jim McGuinness identifies the one change Dublin need to make them All-Ireland contenders

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Jim McGuinness on Dublin prospects.

Jim McGuinness has said that Dublin need to revert to a kicking style in order to challenge for the All-Ireland Football Championship this year.

The Dubs made light work of Wexford in their opening game in the Leinster Football Championship on Saturday evening, coming out on top by a score of 1-24 to 0-04, a result which should restore some confidence among Dessie Farrell’s squad after a poor league campaign saw them relegated to Division 2 for the 2023 season.

There will be tougher challenges ahead throughout the summer and speaking on Sky Sports, former Donegal manager McGuinness suggested that the Dubs could lift Sam Maguire again if they just change one thing.

Jim McGuinness: “Dublin need a change.”

“For me, this is a huge year for Dublin. I know expectation levels are low but I actually believe that with a shift in style to a more kicking game that served them very well at the beginning of the last decade, I think things could change really quickly.

“For me, the fear with Dublin is the things that they have been doing over the last couple of years, a very strong possession-based game, trying to draw teams out, trying to flick it to the other side and then inject pace… teams are switched onto that now, it’s much more difficult for them to do that, which makes it tougher to play these games for them.

“There are positives for Dublin.”

“I think they need to find another way but if you’re asking me in terms of talent, if you look at that team, they have the best midfielder in the country, they have the best centre-forward in the country, Con O’Callaghan coming back into it now, he’s probably in the top three players in the country so that is a really good start.

“The age-profile from midfield up, in particular, is 27, so for me if I was being given a county team tomorrow, that would be the age profile you’d be saying I could work with over the next four, five or six years.

“I think there are a lot of positives there, potentially, but I do feel they possibly will struggle if the change in style doesn’t come.”

McGuinness was right about the return of O’Callaghan as the Cuala clubman hit 1-06 in the comprehensive win over Wexford on Saturday, as Dublin kicked off their Championship campaign in style.

Next up for Farrell’s men is a semi-final date with Meath or Wicklow on the weekend of May 14th/15th.

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