Palace Academy Star Makes An Impression Whilst Away With England

0 Posted by - July 19, 2018 - News

Nya Kirby’s rise through England’s international ranks continued apace earlier this week, as he made his debut for the U19 side in a 3-2 come-from-behind victory against Turkey in the first game of the European Championships.

Having already won caps for the U16, U17 and U18 sides, it’s fair to say that Nya is well known to the coaches at international level, prompting coach Paul Simpson to select him to take part a little further up the ladder.

Whilst Kirby wasn’t given a start, his introduction to the game came at a vital time, with the Young Lions having clawed their way back from behind to lead. Brought on in the 79th minute, the midfielder was tasked with helping his teammates see out the victory which he did, picking up a booking for his troubles in the final minute.

The other two participants in England’s group are Ukraine and France, who they will face in games on Friday and Monday respectively. Ukraine beat the French in their own opening fixture meaning that the victor of their clash tomorrow should end up topping the ground. Whilst Kirby won’t be expecting to start that one, his involvement in the latter stages against Turkey will undoubtedly lift his spirits heading into the tie.

Having been involved in Palace’s first-team pre-season plans, you could suggest that the tournament has come at a bad time for the youngster but if he plays and impresses out in Finland, I dare say Roy Hodgson will be open to the idea of involving him further in the first-team set-up over the course of the coming campaign

Still just a teenager, Nya is seen as one of if not the brightest player in Palace’s academy as things stand. Hopefully he continues to progress at the same pace over the next 12 months or so, starting with a tournament win whilst away with England.

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7 Comments

  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh July 19, 2018 - 12:41 pm Reply

    If some of Kirby, Lumeka, Lokilo, Daly, Flanagan and Hungbo can break through this year then that will be a real positive of having so few transfers. AWB proved some players can shine if given the chance so hopefully others can too.

    • Gordon July 19, 2018 - 6:03 pm Reply

      Jose, this is where we’re in agreement, I think. I like the look of Kirby in particular. I think he’s got a great future ahead of him and we were so lucky to snatch him from Spurs & Chelsea. Daly has also been knocking the goals in. You might very well know our development squad better than me. I’m too far away to get to watch them. But I see the videoed games when I can. Although no longer in the development squad, I’m hoping that Kaikai will come good (at last) this season.
      We need to bring the talent we’ve been developing into the first team squad. Otherwise, why have a development squad?

      • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh July 20, 2018 - 11:51 am Reply

        Kaikai and Williams are overdue a lucky break. Even Innis went on tour!

  • ee signing July 19, 2018 - 4:33 pm Reply

    i SAW HIS 12 MINUTES WHICH SOWED SOME TIDY PASSING ,GOOD DISCIPLINE AND SOM FOOTBALLING SNARS. hE KICKED THE BALL AWAY FOR HIS YELLOW CARD BUT ALSO DREW THE (AND IT WAS) FOUL THAT SAW A TURK SENT OFF. TIME WILL TELL bIUT WHATEVER HAPPENS i THINK nYA WILL NOT BE SINKING INTO THE SEMI PRRANKS. hE LOOKED A LOT BETTER THAN THAT

  • ee signing July 19, 2018 - 4:40 pm Reply

    i SAW HIS 12 MINUTES WHICH SHOWED SOME TIDY PASSING ,GOOD DISCIPLINE AND SOME FOOTBALLING SMARTS. HE KICKED THE BALL AWAY FOR HIS YELLOW CARD BUT ALSO DREW THE FOUL (AND IT WAS) A FOUL THAT SAW A TURK SENT OFF. TIME WILL TELL bUT WHATEVER HAPPENS i THINK NYA SHOULD NOT BE SINKING INTO THE SEMI PRO RANKS. hE LOOKED A LOT BETTER THAN THAT

    yIDIED UP THE TYPOS. cAN WE HAVE AN EDIT FACILITY HERE!

    • Gordon July 19, 2018 - 6:10 pm Reply

      Agree with you entirely EE SIGNING, but please turn off the Caps Lock!

  • ee signing July 20, 2018 - 1:00 pm Reply

    Sorry ’bout that

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