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The Most Exciting Irish Prospect At Every Premier League Club

The Most Exciting Irish Prospect At Every Premier League Club

While the Irish player presence in the Premier League has gradually dwindled in recent years, this season brings renewed hope as every single club in the league has at least one Irishman on their books.

Here is our guide to the most exciting Irish prospect at every club in the Premier League.

Arsenal - Nathan Tormey 

The winger signed a professional contract at the end of the 2016/17 season, but he’s since been plagued by injury. Will hopefully kick on after some impressive showings with the U23s last season.

Also at underage level, Arsenal have Mark McGuinness and Jordan McEneff on their books.

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Aston Villa - Jake Doyle-Hayes

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The 20-year-old has represented Ireland at every level from U17 to U19 and featured for Aston Villa in the league cup last season. In 2017 he signed a three-year contract and next year could be crucial for his development as he continues to push for more first-team football.

Bournemouth - Mark Travers

The young goalkeeper broke into the first team towards the end of last season and starred for Eddie Howe's outfit. The Maynooth native recently signed a long-term contract with the club, something he said he was delighted with.

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As soon as the offer was there I was really keen to sign and commit my future to the club. The manager and backroom staff have been brilliant with me. I’ve developed as both a person and player during my time with the club and I’m excited for what the future holds.

Bournemouth also have youngster Gavin Kilkenny at the club, a talented midfielder who left St Kevin's Boys in 2016. He has been included with the pre-season senior squad this week.

Brighton - Jayson Molumby

The Ireland U21 captain was named in the top four best players in the Toulon tournament and has bounced back from injury to star in Stephen Kenny's side. Speaking to Balls.ie, Molumby expressed his desire for first-team football next season. A huge talent with a great attitude, the Waterford man is headed in the right direction.

Fellow Ireland U21 team-mate Aaron Connolly is also pushing for first-team action, while former Bohs' man Warren O'Hara is still at the Premier League club. So is Matt Everitt, the youngest player in the current Ireland U19 squad.

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Burnley - Jimmy Dunne

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The Drogheda man was at Man United but left their academy to join Burnley. He made a breakthrough to the Ireland U21s last year.

Irish underage goalkeeper George McMahon is also at the club and earned positive reviews after his recent loan spell with Ashton United.

Chelsea - George Nunn

He signed his first professional deal with the club last November and featured in the recent Republic of Ireland Under-18 squad under Andy Reid.

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Crystal Palace - Kian Flanagan

Flanagan has been tipped for big things at Palace since making his development team debut aged just 15 back at the end of the 2014/15 season. He finished the 2018/19 season as joint top-scorer and subsequently earned Young Player of the Year.

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There were two players but both have left the club. Ireland underage international Harry Charsley was released at the start of the summer having struggled to get first-team opportunities. Underage prospect Barney McKeown was also released despite impressing during the FA Youth Cup last year.

Leicester City - Ali Reghba

The former Bohemians man has already demonstrated his skill just this week with a driving run helping Ireland's U19s to a 1-1 opening game in Armenia. Conor Tee is also at Leicester and often trains with the first-team squad. The midfielder has strong links to Mayo through his grandmother and mother.

Liverpool - Caoimhin Kelleher

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Conor Masterson has left the club but young Irish goalkeeper Kelleher will still harbour hopes of some first-team action next year.

Manchester City - Tyreke Wilson

He was included in the Man City pre-season tour to the USA last year but missed out this time around. A player who is in squad travelling in Shanghai, however, is former Shamrock Rovers shot-stopper Gavin Bazunu.

Manchester United - Lee O'Connor

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The Waterford man has been busy this summer, having played in the Toulon Tournament with the Ireland U21s he's now away captaining the Ireland U19s in the European Championships. A bright prospect who plays consistently for the U23s.

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Goalkeeper Kieran O'Hara has joined League One side Burton Albion on loan while the club recently confirmed that Waterford's Ayodeji Sotona has signed an academy deal with the club.

Newcastle United - Oisin McEntee

He made his Newcastle U23 debut last January and immediately scored. The teen defender was born in New York but moved back to Cavan at an early age.

Norwich City - Adam Idah

The striker was recently handed a new long-term deal and marked his first senior involvement with a brace during Norwich's first pre-season game. The Premier League club also signed highly rated William Hondermarck from Drogheda while Ireland U21 Simon Power is set to spend his season on loan with Ross County.

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Sheffield United - Stephen Mallon

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Mallon spent some time in Australia’s A League last season before playing for the Ireland U21's at the Toulon tournament. The 20-year-old can play as a left-back or on the left-wing.

Southampton - Michael Obafemi

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The Irish striker could be set for a big campaign once he returns from injury but there's a strong Irish contingent at the club which is apparent, as Obafemi told Balls.ie earlier this year: "It is evident. Because of Shane Long, myself, loads of young ones Jon Afolabi, Kameron Ledwidge, Will Smallbone. There’s a lot of us."

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Tottenham - Troy Parrott

The skilful striker was involved in the Spurs matchday squad on numerous occasions last season and boss Mauricio Pochettino namechecked him in several press conferences. He's still just 17-years-old.

Watford -  Ryan Cassidy

The 18-year-old and St. Kevin's Boys product was included in Tom Mohan's U19 squad and has been linked with a host of big clubs including Everton. Marco Silva knows Cassidy having previously managed him.

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West Ham - Conor Coventry

The 19-year-old is now West Ham United U23s captain Conor Coventry and is highly-rated at the club. Speaking to whufc.com, he declared his delight at recent proceedings.

It may be a cliché, but it’s a real honour to be captain too. It’s something I’m trying to work on; being a leader and helping the group. I think it’s coming along well. When I’ve been with the first team, I’ve had some great examples to learn from like Mark Noble and Pablo Zabaleta. I’m just trying to learn from those two and improve.

Josh Cullen, who was involved in Mick McCarthy's recent training squad, spent last year out on loan.  Anthony Scully is also with the U23s.

Wolves -  Connor Ronan

The 20-year-old midfielder, who is capped for the Republic of Ireland at U21, U19 and U17 level, had a stint at Slovakian club FC DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda last season. He's made an impact when played at League One and Championship level. Winger Callum Thompson is also amongst the underage ranks.

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