Midfield Starlet Kirby Tipped To Make It Big For Palace Next Season

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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.”

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.

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6 Comments

  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh April 18, 2019 - 10:03 am Reply

    Hope the lad makes it. There are quite a few in the academy that look like they could step up. Kirby in particular could be special but wouldnt mind seeing Sam Woods given some minutes given Tomkins and Sakho’s injuries

  • Mike Ward April 18, 2019 - 12:28 pm Reply

    Next season could be really interesting.
    There are a lot of young players who could start migrating into the 1st team squad, getting some valuable experience and game time.
    Kirby, Woods are two.
    Also I hope that Max will have earned a place in the side on a more regular basis.
    Maybe even Jairo who is still only 22 years old.

    They could all really learn a lot from playing and training with some of the senior members of our squad and I really hope they the chance.

    • Gordon April 19, 2019 - 9:07 pm Reply

      Kirkby is the one who really must get a chance next season. Woods must be rated if he’s been on the bench a few times. I’d predict we’ll see him turn out against Cardiff & Bournemouth if not before.

    • Gordon April 19, 2019 - 9:11 pm Reply

      Kirby is the one who really must get a chance next season. Woods must be rated if he’s been on the bench a few times. I’d predict we’ll see him turn out against Cardiff & Bournemouth if not before.

  • tzcar April 19, 2019 - 7:45 am Reply

    we only have thec evidence of this season to go by.wether rh if still in charge can see a way for the academy products,being introduced to our first team.they are the future,and this starts next season,let,s hope they are given the chance.young blood,fresh hope.

  • Robert Lycett April 19, 2019 - 8:32 pm Reply

    Hopefully he knows who Hitler was!

    Note: there is no emoji for a ‘Hitler’ search…maybe Wayne was telling the truth!

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