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Ireland are currently seeing a shortage of players in the Premier League relative to what we may have been used to but Stephen Kenny’s reasoning behind this was an unusual one.
While most would assume this shortage, compared to the number of Irish players in lower divisions, shows a lack of quality, Kenny believes the situation is due, in part, to Brexit.
“With the rules of Brexit, some players now have gone to Inter Milan, AC Milan, France and are looking at other avenues,” said Kenny to Sky Sports.
“It’s a change in landscape for Ireland.”
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It might seem unusual but the final Premier League matchday only saw two Irish players starting in the Premier League.
“Last weekend, we only had two players playing in the Premier League with Nathan Collins and Seamus Coleman where previously the whole team would have been playing in the Premier League,” Kenny pointed out.
“Obviously, Matt Doherty’s injured and Shane Duffy was on the bench for Brighton so it is a change in landscape.”
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The relocation of players to teams farther afield could be an interesting dynamic change and it’s one that Kenny seems to be positive about, but only time will tell how well it works out.
“On the other side of that, that’s a venture into the unknown, young players going to Italy, the cultural differences in France and so forth so time will tell how that works and it should be interesting.
“We have Josh Cullen playing in Anderlecht at the moment in Belgium and his game is coming on to no end, he’s really improved.
“It’s interesting to see but we’ll only know over time how that works but that’s the way it is.”
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Stephen Kenny gives unusual reason for Ireland’s lack of Premier League players – Pundit Arena