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Here's Every Irish Move Of The Transfer Window, And The Ones That Didn't Happen

Here's Every Irish Move Of The Transfer Window, And The Ones That Didn't Happen

Even the most jaded football fan will agree the summer transfer window was a dramatic one, though perhaps not as dramatic as the TV talking heads were constantly telling us last night as we entered the uniquely mad final hours of Transfer Deadline Day.

In the end, the two biggest names of their generation both moved on during the window, while Kylian Mbappé and Harry Kane stayed put, whether they liked it or not. Barcelona replaced Antoine Griezmann and Leo Messi with a 31-year-old lad who used to play for Newcastle, while Liverpool decided new contracts were the only signings they needed. Manchester United and Chelsea made some serious noise, and Man City still don't have a striker that Pep Guardiola actually rates.

For Irish players, it was a busy window too, even it wasn't quite grabbing the same kind of Sky Sports News headlines as the Big Six circus.

For a number of players, moves were made in search of regular first team football. For others, there was a chance to get experience on loan, while several more where in search in fresh starts.

Unfortunately, quite a few also didn't get the move they were looking for to reignite their careers, and will have a few months of fighting for their place despite being out of favour. A few more have been left on the shelf entirely, but may well still pick up gigs with free agents free to sign for clubs outside of the transfer window.

We have organised the moves into a number of different categories. Some have taken major steps up, others have moved to lesser clubs, while quite a few have gone out on loan to get some vital first team experience.

Irish Transfers - Summer 2021

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STEPS UP:

       
Player Age Selling Club Buying Club Fee
Nathan Collins 20 Stoke City Burnley £12m
Armstrong Oko-Flex 19 Celtic West Ham United Free
Liam Scales 23 Shamrock Rovers Celtic €600,000
Val Adedokun 18 Dundalk Brentford Und.
Jake O'Brien 20 Cork City Crystal Palace Und.

BADLY NEEDED MOVES:

       
Player Age Selling Club Buying Club Fee
Conor Hourihane 30 Aston Villa Sheffield United Loan
Jayson Molumby 22 Brighton & Hove Albion West Bromwich Albion Loan
Michael Obafemi 20 Southampton Swansea City £1.5m
Graham Burke 27 Preston North End Shamrock Rovers Free
Trevor Clarke 23 Rotherham United Bristol Rovers Und.
Mark McGuinness 20 Arsenal Cardiff City Und.

FRESH STARTS:

       
Player Age Selling Club Buying Club Fee
Jimmy Dunne 23 Burnley QPR Und.
Joe Hodge 18 Manchester City Wolves Und.
Zack Elbouzedi 23 Lincoln City AIK Und.
James Collins 30 Luton Town Cardiff City Free
Richard Keogh 34 Huddersfield Town Blackpool Free
James McCarthy 30 Crystal Palace Celtic Free
Richie Towell 29 Salford City Shamrock Rovers Free
Cillian Sheridan 32 Wisla Plock Dundee Free
Tommie Hoban 27 Aberdeen Crewe Alexandra Free
Alan Power 33 Kilmarnock St Mirren Free
Jake Doyle-Hayes 22 St Mirren Hibernian Free
Paul McShane 35 Rochdale Manchester United U23s Free
Shaun Williams 34 Millwall Portsmouth Free
Anthony O'Connor 28 Bradford City Morecambe Free
Jack Bonham 27 Gillingham Stoke City Free
Conor Shaughnessy 25 Rochdale Burton Albion Free
Ryan Sweeney 24 Mansfield Town Dundee Free
Dylan Connolly 26 St Mirren Northampton Town Free
Conor Wilkinson 26 Leyton Orient Walsall Free
Corey Whelan 23 Wigan Athletic Carlisle United Free
Ryan Delaney 24 Bolton Wanderers Morecambe Free
Ian Lawlor 26 Oldham Athletic Dundee Free

Step Down:

Player Age Selling Club Buying Club Fee
James McClean 32 Stoke City Wigan Athletic Free
Harry Arter 31 Nottingham Forest Charlton Athletic Loan
Stephen Ward 35 Ipswich Town Walsall Free
Alan Judge 31 Ipswich Town Colchester United Free
Aaron Drinan 23 Ipswich Town Leyton Orient Und.

Development Loans:

Player Age Selling Club Buying Club Fee
Troy Parrott 19 Tottenham Hotspur MK Dons Loan
Jonathan Afolabi 21 Celtic Ayr United Loan
Gavin Bazunu 19 Manchester City Portsmouth Loan
Mipo Odubeko 18 West Ham United Huddersfield Town Loan
Conor Coventry 21 West Ham United Peterborough United Loan
Lee O'Connor 21 Celtic Tranmere Rovers Loan
Connor Ronan 23 Wolverhampton Wanderers St Mirren Loan
Tyreik Wright 19 Aston Villa Salford City Loan
Oisin McEntee 20 Newcastle United Greenock Morton Loan
Olamide Shodipo 24 QPR Sheffield Wednesday Loan
Alex Gilbert 19 Brentford Swindon Town Loan
Peter Kioso 22 Luton Town MK Dons Loan
Ryan Johansson 20 Sevilla Fortuna Sittard Loan
Conor Masterson 22 QPR Cambridge United Loan

For all the moves that did happen, and hopefully go well for players, there are a number of big name players who are left in a tough club situation for the foreseeable future.

Irish Transfers That Needed To Happen - But Didn't: 

Matt Doherty, Spurs

Only a year into his Tottenham career and it's hard to imagine things could have gone worse for Matt Doherty. With fans on his back, and having being passed in the pecking order by Japhet Tanganga, the arrival last night of Emerson Royal from Barcelona meant the Dubliner was on the chopping block.

When no suitable offers arrived, Spurs instead decided to cut ties with Serge Aurier, freeing the Ivorian international up for a move, while Doherty looks set to be third choice under his former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo

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Darren Randolph, West Ham

Having been perhaps the top goalkeeper in the Championship with Middlesbrough, Randolph's return to West Ham to play behind Lucasz Fabianski already was a strange one. A year on, the Bray man is no longer even making the bench at the London Stadium, thanks to the arrival of Alphonse Areola from PSG.

It's cost him his place in the Irish squad, and we'd certainly have liked to see him move on this summer.

John Egan, Sheffield United

There wasn't much talk of a John Egan transfer this summer, and the player himself certainly didn't seem to be pushing for a move away from Bramall Lane.

And yet, Egan is clearly a Premier League level defender. We'd fancy him to force his way into most teams and it's a pity to see him stuck in the Championship for at least a season at 28 years of age.

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Shane Long, Southampton

Turning 35 in January in the last year of his contract, there's not a whole lot of time left for Shane Long to sit on a Premier League bench. Then again, he's forced himself back into plans after being written off many times before.

Jeff Hendrick, Newcastle

Still only 29, Jeff Hendrick's career needs a serious bolt of energy. Maligned by Newcastle fans throughout last season, he lost his place in the team and doesn't seem likely to get it back any time soon.

One wonders if a move to the Championship could have sparked something.

Jamie McGrath, St. Mirren

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There was a sense that the Irish international had outgrown St Mirren this summer. A move to Middlesbrough looked likely at one stage, but it was Hibs who almost got over the line, but couldn't get the deal over the line in time for the SFA, leaving McGrath at St Mirren until at least January.

Luca Connell, Celtic

We feel Connell could have done with a loan move this season. The 20-year-old went on loan to Queen's Park last season and impressed, albeit in the third tier of Scottish football.

He's unlikely to feature much for Celtic this season and is in need of some first team football to develop.

Jack Byrne, Apoel

Things haven't got very well for Jack Byrne at Apoel so far. Mick McCarthy being sacked before he arrived didn't help. Neither did a broken back. Out of favour at the start of the season, a move to McCarthy's Cardiff, or to the MLS has not yet materialised.

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Of course, being Apoel, they've just sacked their manager, so perhaps there's a chance for Byrne to flourish in Cyprus yet.

Free Agents:

There's still time for unattached players to be picked up throughout the season.

Robbie Brady

Dan Crowley

Keiren Westwood

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Eunan O'Kane

Simon Cox

Darron Gibson

Glenn Whelan

 

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