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West Ham United: Conor Coventry called up to Republic of Ireland U21 squad

West Ham United: Conor Coventry called up to Republic of Ireland U21 squad

West Ham United midfielder Conor Coventry, 19, has had a pretty successful week.

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On Tuesday he made his first appearance for the first-team, since his debut in the 8-0 Carabao Cup win against Macclesfield Town last season, as he came on for the last eight minutes of the Hammers’ 2-0 win over Newport County, as per Transfermarkt.

His week has now got even better, as he has been called up to the Republic of Ireland U21 squad for their 2021 European Championship qualifiers against Armenia and Sweden, as reported by West Ham’s official website.

Coventry has made five appearances for Republic of Ireland U21s: having made his debut in a 3-0 win against Luxembourg, he then helped the Boys in Green reach the semi-finals of the Toulon Tournament.

He has also excelled in the youth ranks at West Ham, having worked his way to being captain of the club’s U23s team and had clocked up 38 games for them, scoring one goal and assisting twice.

There is hope he will be able to progress through the Irish ranks, as he was referred to as “Glenn Whelan’s long-term replacement” in the national team by The Times.

Coventry is highly regarded and there will be hope that this positive week can be the beginning of a successful season for him.

Being a holding-midfielder, he should be aiming to try to get ahead of Carlos Sanchez in the West Ham pecking order at some point during the campaign.

Sanchez has really struggled at times since joining West Ham, with Football.London criticising his display in a recent pre-season defeat to Manchester City, so an opportunity for Coventry could open up here.

West Ham fans, can Coventry force his way into Manuel Pellegrini’s plans? Tell us what you think in the comment section below!

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