Cork hurling legend, Diarmuid O’Sullivan believes that Patrick Horgan deserves more respect for his contribution to Cork hurling and is adamant that the Glen Rovers man will win all All Ireland medal before he retires.
The Paddy Power GAA Ambassador was speaking at an event prior to his county’s All Ireland semi-final encounter with Limerick.
O’Sullivan is adamant that Horgan deserves to be recognised as one of the best forwards in the country.
“I just can’t understand some pundits’ views that they can’t have him in the same conversation as TJ Reid and Joe Canning. Who are the top forwards in the country? TJ Reid, Joe Canning. How Patrick Horgan can not come into a discussion is frightening.”
“He’s carried Cork teams. He’s come under criticism because he hasn’t performed with Cork teams when they expect him to carry the can. I couldn’t speak highly enough of him. His scoring record for championship games for Cork alone surpasses anyone.”
“It’s only when he’ll be finished with Cork that Cork people and these other so-called ‘pundits’ who haven’t given him the respect he deserves, will realise just how good he actually is.”
The former Cork selector says that the two-time All-Star recipient has improved his game of late to suit the ever-changing nature of hurling.
“I think Patrick has evolved a small bit himself. Patrick would have been kind of one-dimensional before, standing in his position, win the ball in that position but now he’s thinking outside the box, ‘where’s the space, where’s the ball?’. He’s just evolved his own game and he knew he had to with the way the game is changing.”
Horgan remains one of the best hurlers in the country without an All Ireland medal in his pocket but O’Sullivan believes that he will not have to wait much longer to lift the Liam McCarthy.
“Fellas are going to be judged at the end of the day, did they finish the game with an All Ireland medal? Cork have won an All Ireland every decade. I do believe Cork will win one in this decade. People say ‘you’re mad, you’re mad, you’re mad’. They will. Patrick Horgan will still be involved with that, I’ve no doubt because at this level the way he’s going he’s still another 2/3 years in him. I do believe he will win one.”