Eamonn Brophy made his first international start last night, taking up the position as lone striker for Scotland. The forward endured a frustrating night as Scotland scraped by Cyprus 2-1.
New boss Steve Clarke started the striker he relied upon at Kilmarnock and tasked him with delivering the goods up top. Nothing really happened for him before the ex-Rugby park manager eventually hooked him.
His maiden Scotland appearance could have been more successful, but the Killie forward should still be very proud of his efforts.
Scotland call-up just reward for Brophy after excellent season
It was Brophy’s first game in navy, so time has to be given before judgements can be made over whether he’s Scotland standard. Striker is a problematic position right now for Clarke and he should take the time to asses his options.
The tactics didn’t help Brophy either. Balls from the left and right were getting put into the box constantly for him to try and win. He’s not exactly the tallest striker in the world, so he was planted with the thankless task of trying to win headers against guys who are taller than him.
Improvements obviously have to be made by Brophy if he wants to retain a place in the squad. He was often marked out of the game and didn’t make or get the chance to create a goalscoring opportunity.
He deserved his chance though. The striker netted 12 times in 33 appearances for Clarke in Ayrshire during the 2018/19 campaign. He has been a reliable talisman with bags of ability. Brophy played so well for Killie under Clarke at vital times and was deserving of his big opportunity.
It just wasn’t Brophy’s night at Hampden and tactics didn’t help either. However, after a superb season in Ayrshire, you can see why he was called up. When on form, Brophy could be a decent striker for Scotland.
Whilst he’ll no doubt be glad to have made his international debut, the Killie forward would have hoped to have made a bigger impact. The start is just reward though for the hard work he has put in at Rugby Park this year.