Dunne backs Dundalk defender Boyle for Premier League breakthrough
Former Everton and Manchester City defender Richard Dunne has backed Dundalk’s Andy Boyle to make a breakthrough in the Premier League.
Boyle’s status has risen greatly during his time at Oriel Park and he is currently in the Irish squad for this Saturday’s World Cup qualifier away to Austria.
Speaking on Newstalk’s Off The Ball programme last night, former Irish international Dunne said he liked defenders like Boyle who could go through games almost unnoticed and backed him to follow the career path of Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley who went over to England at the age of 24 but now plays regularly in the Premier League for West Brom.
Speaking about Boyle, Dunne said: “I think he has got a very good chance of going and playing in the Premier League.
“In the games that I’ve watched of Dundalk and I’ve spoken to the assistant manager Vinny Perth and chatted to him about him, you don’t notice him and he’s like that all the time.
“He never gets done. He never does anything amazing but he just consistently plays very well and I think that’s a great trait for him to have and I think that’s what would push him forward because whatever level he goes on to I’m sure he’ll be able to handle it.
“I think if he does get to the Premier League, when the level steps up he will step up alongside it,” said Dunne.
Listen to the conversation in full here.