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"He just needs to play games" - Jon Walters on Robbie Brady


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Former Republic of Ireland international Jon Walters believes Robbie Brady needs to be playing regularly if he is to stake a claim for a place in the Ireland team.

Brady has struggled to get back into the Burley line-up after a long term injury but Walters was quick to praise the skill and resilience of his former teammate, telling Kenny Cunningham: "If I was manager - Robbie would be one of the first names in the team without a shadow of a doubt.

"I've seen Robbie play in numerous positions - I played against Robbie at left-back and he was a very difficult player to play against and he's been left wing-back and then he's been left-wing.

"He's played inside, he's played behind the striker. He did it for Ireland - if you look at the Italy game. We were very narrow in a diamond and he really enjoyed it.

"For Robbie, he just needs to play games. And, it's a difficult one because he was out with a terrible injury. He picked up a few little niggles but you had Dwight McNeill coming in, whose naturally a central midfielder but he's been playing out on the left for Burnley. He's very talented as well and he's done really well but for me, Robbie needs to play.

Time to move on?

"I'd like to see him in the team between now and the end of the season. If he doesn't see himself in the team at the beginning of next year, I think you need to go and find somewhere to play. He needs to be playing, he's such a talent.

"He just came back from a horrendous injury and he's looking sharper than ever as well," he added.

Burnley currently sit in 14th place on the table on 39 points and have all but secured their Premier League status for another season.

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