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Evaluating Playing Prospects Of Every Irish PL Player For 19/20 Season

Evaluating Playing Prospects Of Every Irish PL Player For 19/20 Season

The new Premier League season kicks off this Friday evening when Liverpool welcome newly-promoted Norwich City to Anfield. For the first time in at least a decade, it seems that there will be a distinctive Irish flavour to the upcoming season.

Exciting young talent plus the promotion of Sheffield United and Aston Villa means there'll be a legitimate Irish influx in England's top flight this season, with an Ireland player represented in more than half of the Premier League's clubs. We count 18 Irish players who'll be involved in Premier League squads.

Beyond established regulars like Seamus Coleman, Shane Duffy and Jeff Hendrick, Irish players will be front and centre for the likes of Sheffield United as they look to remain in the Premier League.

The future is bright as well. Over the summer, Mark Travers has emerged as Bournemouth's likely first-choice goalkeeper while Troy Parrott and Adam Idah look likely to lurk around the fringes of the Spurs and Norwich squads and could see playing time if either club is saddled with injury.

Here's the full list of Irish players in the Premier League for the upcoming season. We have also split the players into three categories: starters, regular playing time as squad players (squad), players who will be low on game time (reserve).

Aston Villa

Conor Hourihane (starter/squad)

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Bournemouth

Mark Travers (starter)

Brighton

Shane Duffy (starter)

Burnley

Jeff Hendrick (starter), Robbie Brady (squad), Kevin Long (reserve)

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Everton

Seamus Coleman (starter), James McCarthy (reserve)

Liverpool

Caoimhin Kelleher (reserve)

Norwich

Adam Idah (reserve)

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Sheffield United

Enda Stevens (starter), John Egan (starter), Callum Robinson (starter), David McGoldrick (squad)

Spurs

Troy Parrott (reserve/squad)

Southampton

Shane Long (squad), Michael Obafemi (squad)

Wolves

Matt Doherty (starter)

A few of these are still uncertain. Troy Parrott and Adam Idah could yet feature as squad members at Spurs and Norwich respectively.

David McGoldrick is likely to be consigned to a role off the bench after Sheffield United signed Callum Robinson and Ollie McBurnie, and while Mark Travers is favourite to start at Bournemouth, that position could still be handed to Asmir Begovic.

SEE ALSO: Liverpool To Sign Former Premier League Standout As Alisson Backup

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