The only bright spark in Ireland’s shocking loss to Luxembourg
SATURDAY WAS a shocking night for Irish football and left us with an almost impossible task to qualify for the World Cup.
It will be really hard for Irish football fans to feel optimistic about the future, but there may be a silver lining behind defeat.
On Saturday night, Gavin Bazunu became the first teenage goalkeeper to start a European World Cup qualifier since Slovenian Jan Oblak in 2012, and looked extremely commanding in his first start for the boys in green. .
The 19-year-old is currently at Rochdale, playing week after week while on loan from Manchester City, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him in City’s squad next season.
Against Luxembourg he made an exceptional save in the first half, but it is the job he did with the ball at his feet that could allow Pep Guardiola to try his luck on him in the near future.
Republic of Ireland 0-0 Luxembourg
Return on the important stop of Gavin Bazunu.
– RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) March 27, 2021
He was cool when the ball was played back to him, and looked completely out of step with what must have been a daunting task for him.
Bazunu was signed by City from Shamrock Rovers, having impressed in games where he was almost 20 years younger than some of his opponents – an experience that probably holds him already.
While his loan at Rochdale serves him well, it might not be the worst thing in the world for him to return to City at the end of the season and train with Pep and Ederson, potentially securing a strange cut here. and there.
If things continue for him as they are down to the minute, we could have a stable first choice goalie for the next 15 years.