Jack Byrne, arguably Ireland’s hottest prospect at the minute has had a turbulent start to his career. From his time at Manchester City to his unsuccessful loan spells at the likes of Wigan and Blackburn Rovers, it hasn’t been easy for the St. Kevins made midfielder. Still after a difficult start, his meteoric rise at Shamrock Rovers has helped his side win their first FAI cup in 32 years beating holders Dundalk and challenge in Europe. But at 23 years old now is it time for Jack to return to England and establish himself as a premier league footballer? Is he good enough?
Praise from Brown
Former teamate and Man United legend Wes Brown certainly thinks so. The five time premier league winner played alongside Byrne during his loan spell at Blackburn Rovers and to say he impressed Brown would be an understatement. Likening him to none other than Paul Scholes Wes labelled Byrne as ‘gifted’ saying “On the ball, he’s very tight, nice and tidy, like Scholesy, but he attacks and runs at players more”.
Despite this Byrne only managed five appearances at Blackburn before leaving the club. Well Brown has suggested that this was down to no fault of his own. In fact, he claims that “If anything at Blackburn, some of the things he was doing, the other players weren’t on the same level.” “Brown also said he is “buzzing” to see Byrne do so well for Rovers and Ireland and that he “didn’t really get the chance” to show his true talent in the Championship”.
High praise from a man of Browns stature. Well with the Euros playoffs coming up for Ireland and another tough season ahead for Rovers, Byrne has hit great form at just the right time. But to further his promising career, many would argue he will have to leave the league of Ireland with a move to our neighbours across the sea being the most likely. With a move seemingly inevitable, the question now being a matter of when rather then if. How much longer will the talented midfielder be terrorising the league of Irelands defense?
Back to England?
So, is a move to England really on the cards for the Rovers man? Many believe he would slot nicely into a lower to mid table side. But with the likes of Chelsea, United and arsenal all rebuilding could they be a viable option for Byrne? Even Liverpool look like they’re hoping to strengthen their side with Adam Lallana set to leave at the end of the season. It seems ever likely that the talents of Jack Byrne will be seen in the Premier league in the near future. An exciting thought for both fans of Irish and English football.