Two West Ham youngsters will be turning out for the Republic of Ireland U21 team over the international break.
Conor Coventry and Anthony Scully will be in action for the young Boys in Green. There are two Euro U21 qualifiers in the next few days.
Firstly, Armenia U21 will contest with the Irish on Thursday lunchtime. Then, in a late kick-off on Tuesday, the Republic of Ireland U21s host Sweden U21s. After five games, the Republic of Ireland are top of their group so two more wins would strengthen their chances of qualification.
Scully to follow Connolly and Parrott
Stephen Kenny has called Scully into the U21 team for the first time. It is no less than the 20-year-old deserves after a scintillating start to the season for West Ham’s U23s.
Out of nowhere, Scully has been transformed from a winger into a prolific goalscoring striker. With 13 competitive goals already this season, Scully has been on fire and there have been calls for a first-team promotion.
There is a clear path to success for Scully, here. Both Aaron Connolly (Brighton) and Troy Parrott (Tottenham) have used the Republic of Ireland U21 team as a springboard into senior football. Both are now in their respective clubs’ first-team plans and in the Irish senior side.
Can Scully follow suit and break into the Hammers team? We certainly need a goalscorer…
Coventry with a point to prove
Meanwhile, Coventry is a regular under Kenny in the U21s. He is also the skipper of West Ham U21s and he has played two senior matches – both in the EFL Cup.
But the 19-year-old could reportedly be on his way out of West Ham in January (as per The Guardian). Discontent with West Ham’s contract offer, Coventry is attracting attention from elsewhere.
He has a point to prove over the international break. Coventry will want to impress to either gain improved terms from West Ham or earn some admirers elsewhere.