Sheffield United defender, Enda Stevens, put in a promising performance for the Republic of Ireland last night, despite their loss against Serbia.
Stevens himself would probably admit he’s not had the finest season in red and white this term. Like so many players, his performance levels have been nowhere near the standard he has set himself in recent times.
But the left-back has stuck to his task throughout the campaign for the Blades and has continued to be selected, as he was for Ireland last night.
And in a promising sign for United’s final games of the season, Stevens put in an accomplished display and was praised by two different outlets for his display, especially in the first half.
Played a major part in the opening goal and showed what we have been missing out on by not playing him in his natural wingback position in the first half.
What was said about Enda Stevens’ latest Ireland performance
The Blades star has been a regular for the Republic of Ireland for a number of years now. Along with John Egan and former Blade Callum Robinson, he’s a mainstay in the set up.
Irish website Balls.IE spoke highly of Stevens’ display last night:
“Stevens acted as Ireland’s main threat in attack for much of the game, although he was moved into a more defensive position for the closing stages. His influence wained as Serbia took hold of the contest, although this was a small glimpse of what he can provide.”
Further to those comments, Buzz Sport Ireland were also complimentary about Stevens, adding their own comments:
“Seemed to be all over the pitch from left wing to left back in the first half and played a key role in the Irish goal.”
Of course, Stevens’ efforts were in vain as the Irish went down 3-2 on the night to Serbia, with Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic netting twice, including a stunning chip from outside the area.
But for Sheffield United, with just nine Premier League games remaining, seeing Enda Stevens looking somewhere close to his best form is a boost for Paul Heckingbottom and his coaching team.