Scouting Report: McCarthy ponders call-ups for Parrott and Manning
Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed to FAI.ie that Parrott and Manning are in his thoughts ahead of the squad announcement at SSE Airtricity’s Dublin Head Office next week.
McCarthy checked out Manning’s form for himself as QPR drew 2-2 at home to Reading on Tuesday night, just hours after Parrott scored four goals for Spurs in their 9-2 UEFA Youth League win over FK Crvena Zvezda.
The Ireland manager has also been buoyed by the return to first team action of Sheffield United striker McGoldrick and Burnley midfielder Brady as his team look for the win against Denmark that will seal automatic Euro 2020 qualification.
“The news has been all positive for us in terms of form and fitness this week,” said McCarthy. “I was delighted to see Didzy play 78 minutes for Sheffield United in their win against Arsenal on Monday night after he missed the Georgia and Switzerland games.
“David has been a key player for us in this campaign and his experience will greatly benefit us against Denmark. Robbie’s return is also welcome, he hasn’t been involved with us so far this season simply because he hasn’t been fit enough to play for Burnley.
“He got 65 minutes alongside Jeff Hendrick against Leicester on Saturday and that is a great start to his return to full fitness and regular first team action. As with David’s return, that can only benefit Ireland as well.”
Having handed Aaron Connolly his first cap against Georgia in Tbilisi and his first start in Geneva against Switzerland, McCarthy is now contemplating first call-ups for Parrott and Manning.
The Irish manager added: “We have monitored Troy’s form and progress all season and New Zealand could be the ideal chance to have a look at him at senior international level.
“We changed things around for the Bulgaria game in September and we saw the benefit of that with the performances of the players who came into the team and did well. New Zealand may offer similar chances to players in the squad looking to get into the team and for those looking to get into the squad itself.
“Troy could be one of the ones to benefit. He scored four goals on Tuesday which will have done him the world of good and he has served his suspension now after the red card in the Under 21 game against Italy so he will be an option for New Zealand and for this squad.
“Ryan is another player who could benefit from the fact that we play New Zealand just four days before the Euro qualifier against Denmark. I watched him again on Tuesday night and he is playing well in a very competitive QPR team who are well up there in the Championship.
“I know Ryan started his career as a central midfielder but he played both as a left-back and as a left-sided wing back against Reading on Tuesday and he did well.”
Assistant manager Terry Connor scouted Derrick Williams and Danny Crowley in Birmingham’s win over Blackburn on Tuesday night while Alan Kelly watched as Preston started Alan Browne in their midfield in the 1-1 draw with Leeds United.
McCarthy will now check on Aaron Connolly’s form when Everton visit Brighton on Saturday.