Crystal Palace’s midfield has been packed full of experience all season long but after an impressive spell on loan at Blackpool, a growing number of people are calling for England youth international Nya Kirby to be given a chance in the first-team next season.
Having made the switch to south London after a stint with Tottenham Hotspur, Kirby has gone from strength to strength in red and blue. You only need to look at the impressive displays he’s put in for the Three Lions to get a feel for his pedigree and after working his way through the academy, he’s now taken the plunge and is playing professional football with the Tangerines, bringing a number of rave reviews in the process.
After bagging a glorious volley on the road at promotion chasing Luton Town, Blackpool boss Terry McPhillips went on record to express his admiration for the youngster’s technical abilities, saying:
“That’s what he’s been doing in training and that’s why he’s been given the shirt, so it’s no shock to us. The boys love him and he’s got the respect of the dressing room. He’s got some talent too and he’s produced it here.”
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— Blackpool FC (@BlackpoolFC) April 8, 2019
Supporters too are salivating at the style and general performances Kirby has put in, admitting that he already looks a cut above most of his teammates despite his lack of experience. It’s of course always a risk throwing youngsters in to the white-hot environment of the Premier League but at this stage, he looks to have all the tools necessary to be a major success in years to come.
Roy Hodgson is well known to be a pragmatist first and foremost, with his midfield choices seeing summer signing Max Meyer often left on the bench in favour of Jeffrey Schlupp and James McArthur. Taking that into consideration, there’s no guarantee that Kirby will be looked at seriously by the boss but you would hope that a full pre-season with the first-team will be enough to convince Roy and his coaching staff that Nya is ready to make his top flight bow.
There really is nothing like seeing a youngster making his way through the ranks before going on to establish himself in the side. Fingers crossed.