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John Egan on Ireland, his form, and hopes for the future under Stephen Kenny

Blades and Republic of Ireland defender, John Egan, is being tipped to become a major part of any success the Irish have in 2021.

Egan, 28, has endured a frustrating time of things with the Ireland set-up in general. The Sheffield United star has surprisingly won just the 12 caps for his country. This, despite United’s impressive spell with Chris Wilder in charge.

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But in fairness to Egan, he has had some rotten luck. He was a close contact of a positive Covid test, before being withdrawn with a head injury in the friendly clash with England which ruled him out of the subsequent Nations League games.

However, the Irish Independent, which quotes some recent comments from Egan, has backed the Blades star to be crucial in 2021. The report labels Egan as being the ‘fulcrum’ of Stephen Kenny’s side.

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Further, it also touches on and highlights how Egan’s calmness on the ball has lifted him further up Kenny’s selection ladder.

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Everyone at Sheffield United knows what Egan is all about. A bargain £4m buy from Brentford, his rise to skipper has been great to witness.

Egan is key in United’s back three. And with Slavisa Jokanovic coming in, he may be vital in a change to a back four as well.

And speaking in the Irish Independent’s report, Egan admits he is keen to press on now.

“It’s unfortunate that I have not been able to play many games lately and really kick on in an Irish jersey. Hopefully I can start to do this now,” Egan commented.

“It’s good to feel that you have got his backing. It’s up to me to try to perform at a high level, get into the team and then stay in the team. The manager is really enthusiastic to improve every day and to really gel as a team. We’re all taking it on board so hopefully we can kick on now and get a good week’s training under our belt.”

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While most of the talk is about the likes of Sander Berge and Oli McBurnie being around, Egan is of paramount importance to this squad.

It’s vital that we have players like Egan in the XI. Not just for his ability, but also to continue with the high standards and examples set under Wilder.

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He is exactly the sort of player who is a good captain. He was always going to make that step up, and he’s done it brilliantly. Indeed, of all the players in this relegated team, you do have to feel a bit for Egan.

It’s imperative, then, that United reject any bids that come their way.

Everton have been known to be sniffing in the past. If those sorts of clubs do come again, then we either say no, or demand enormous fees.

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