Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has sent out a message to his club level fringe players the importance of playing regular first-team football.
The warning comes just a couple of weeks after the Italian publicly backed want-away Tottenham striker Robbie Keane to leave White Hart Lane in search of regular football.
He went on to explain that failure to do so could have a negative impact on his international career and ultimately result in him being stripped of the captaincy and dropped from the side altogether.
Thankfully Keane heeded that advice and secured a loan move to Barclays Premier League strugglers West Ham United. He scored on his Hammers debut and will be hoping he can help fire the Irons back up the table and stave off the threat of relegation.
Another up-and-coming star is Manchester United’s Darron Gibson who also falls under the fringe player bracket – spending more time warming the Red Devils bench than playing regularly in Sir Alex Ferguson’s first team.
The promising midfielder, now 23, scored his first international goal in Republic of Ireland’s 3-0 victory over Wales last night, lashing home a fantastic long-range effort.
During his fleeting appearances for United, Gibson has shown some promise and Trapattoni mirrors the view that he has the potential for great things, but he fears his career will not fully lift off while he remains at Old Trafford.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Trapattoni explained, "He can do more. He has a big potential.
“If I was Gibson I would go to another group where I always play. By doing this you can build your mentality.”
While the Italian can understand the desire behind staying at Old Trafford and fighting for your place at one of the world’s most prestigious clubs, for Gibson he feels it is more important to gain more experience, from playing.
"Manchester United is Manchester United and it is an important club, but sometimes the young players need to play, play and play. It builds confidence," he concluded.
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