Wolves defender Nathan Collins has come in for praise following his performance against Scotland for the Republic or Ireland last night.
The 21-year-old was in action in the Nations League match, which Scotland ended up winning 2-1 at Hampden Park.
It was an opportunity for Collins to bounce back on a personal level, after getting himself sent off against Manchester City last weekend.
Collins is now serving a three-match ban for his high challenge on Jack Grealish.
But the star was in fine fettle against Scotland, putting in a monstrous defensive performance.
Playing on the right of a back three, the star hardly put a foot wrong.
According to Sofascore data, he won a remarkable 11/12 duels and made a whopping nine clearances – by far and away the most of any player on the pitch. He also won three tackles, and had pass accuracy of 91% (42/46 completed).
Collins was also on hand to make the assist for Ireland’s goalscorer John Egan.
The Irish Times were very impressed with Collins, handing the star an 8/10 for his performance. They said of him: “What a player Ireland have here, another towering performance. His aggressive defending joining the midfield in the press is invaluable, while his dashing runs into midfield were impressive again. Made several good blocks and headers.”
The Irish Independent were also wowed, and described Collins as a ‘top prospect’.
Ireland’s next game is against Armenia on Tuesday.
Given Collins’ fantastic display against Scotland and the fact he won’t be featuring for Wolves for a few weeks, it’s likely he’ll be starting once again.
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Ireland may have lost the game but Collins can hold his head high.
It was a colossal display from the former Burnley man, who has had a very good start to 2022/23.
Obviously, he’s made a couple of errors. He won’t need telling about the red card, and he could perhaps have done a bit better for the Tottenham Hotspur goal in August, although it was great movement from Harry Kane.
But Collins is still only 21 and it will be years before he reaches his peak.
The level he has showed of late is hugely exciting, and Wolves stand to benefit for years to come.