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Anthony Scully has received his first-ever call up for Republic of Ireland U21s, continuing what has already been a superb season for him so far.
The 20-year-old has been in incredible form since being converted to a striker by Dmitri Halajko, having scored in all 8 games he has played in the position for West Ham U23s.
This has seen him get a total of 10 goals from 9 Premier League 2 appearances, while he also managed a brace to earn the young Hammers a 5-4 win over Newport County in the EFL Trophy.
FFC has already suggested that the youngster could benefit if Manuel Pellegrini opts to convert to a 4-4-2 formation, though this can be taken a step further, as it can be argued that he should be given an opportunity regardless of whether the change is made.
One player the Hammers can look at for inspiration in this sense is Scully’s compatriot, Aaron Connolly, who has excelled since being given a chance at Brighton & Hove Albion this campaign.
Having made 4 substitute appearances, he went on to make his first start against Tottenham Hotspur, scoring twice in the 3-0 victory.
The youngster has played at least a half in each of the four ensuing games, getting an assist that helped earn a 3-2 win over Everton.
He has been an effective player for Brighton, with all of this following a season in which he scored 11 goals in 15 PL2 games.
Considering Scully has one goal less than that in 10 games, it is difficult to see what more he can do to get a chance in the first-team.
Connolly’s early signs of success highlight that trust in young goal-getters can pay off, so hopefully, Scully will get the chance to show that he can make the step up to being involved in the first-team.