Newcastle seem to be interested in Dundalk winger Daryl Horgan and the news is we will try to sign the winger next month.
But his former team-mate Richie Towell made the move to England late last year, when he signed for Brighton and he has struggled on the south coast playing only twice for Chris Hughton’s side.
Former Republic of Ireland and Manchester United captain Roy Keane is pointing out today it doesn’t always work out when a top Irish player makes the big move into English football.
Daryl Horgan in action against Legia Warsaw in Europa League
This is what Roy has said today about Newcastle target Daryl Horgan:
“I bumped into people at the FAI Cup final working for English and Scottish clubs,” “They asked, ‘Can he step up?’ That’s the million-dollar question.”
“You don’t know. Sometimes there’s a big gap and it’s a big ask.” “The benefits of playing in Europe and the fitness levels will certainly help if they go across.”
“But who’s to say they’re not happy and settled in Dundalk?” “Obviously Richie Towell went over last year and he’s had one or two injuries and it’s not quite happened for him.”
“So it’s not all this fantasy that you go over and everything falls into place. But I’m sure he’ll have good options.”
Horgan has seen his share of headlines in the League of Ireland this season.
He’s put in some outstanding performances and he’s played very well in the Europa League too, but of course it’s always a risk when you take a step up in class.
And we will have to rely on Rafa Benitez’ skill and vast experience as to whether he thinks Daryl is a player who can not only make it in the Championship, but also in the Premier League for Newcastle.
Newcastle are expected to try to sign Daryl next month when his contract ends at Dundalk.
The FAI Cup final was last week when Cork City beat Dundalk 1-0 after extra time and Newcastle had scouts at the game watching Horgan.
The winner came in stoppage time of extra time – you cannot score much later than that before it would have gone to penalties.