http://www.eleven-a-side.com/boysingreen/irish_soccer_detail.asp?newsid=21219Stokes should seek Arsenal exit – Don
February 17, 2006
Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Don Givens has urged teenage prodigy Anthony Stokes to consider a move away from Premiership big guns Arsenal.
Stokes, who will not turn 18 until the summer, has been on duty with the Ireland under-21 side in Madeira this week.
The former Shelbourne starlet has been a threat in both games against Madeira and Finland – hitting the woodwork twice – and will attempt to put Portugal to the sword in Friday’s tournament decider.
Givens has been impressed, but he feels Stokes should fly the Highbury nest in order to maintain his progress.
He told the Irish Daily Star: “It seems to be – from where I’m looking – that he needs to be thinking away from Highbury, on loan or a permanent move.
“He just needs to get out on loan somewhere to a decent team and play a bit. I would have thought he’d be ready for the Championship level.”
Shut the fvck up. Stokes is one our best youngsters. He's rated very highly...probably higher than Ryan Smith. He's the future of the Republic of Ireland National team.
He's only 17 years old. He'll be more involved next season.