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Eddie Howe Praises Irish 19-Year-Old Midfielder Ahead Of Premier League Season

Eddie Howe Praises Irish 19-Year-Old Midfielder Ahead Of Premier League Season

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has praised Irish midfielder Gavin Kilkenny and suggested he has a “very good chance of being involved this season”.

It comes after the Dubliner was named man of the match and scored against Lyon in a pre-season friendly last weekend. A product of St Kevin's Boys, Kilkenny first joined up with first-team squad earlier this summer for a pre-season training camp in Spain.

Per the Bournemouth Echo, Howe was positive when asked if Kilkenny was in contention for a Premier League debut.

He’s going to be there or thereabouts. We don’t have a big squad so he’s going to be close.

I can’t make any promises to him now, but what I can say is that if he continues along the same way that he’s played in pre-season, then he’ll have a very good chance of being involved this season.

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Kilkenny's pre-season form had Howe particularly impressed.

"He’ll be really proud I’m sure of what he did on Saturday. He’s carried on really from his form all throughout pre-season, where he’s done very, very well technically.

“He’s done some excellent things with the ball, showed a real game intelligence and took his goal really well.”

The teen is not the only Irish youngster with first-team ambitions. Mark Travers is in contention ahead of this weekend's opener against Sheffield United.

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