Motherwell star Liam Donnelly has been named in the Northern Ireland squad for the upcoming international matches against Germany and Luxembourg. It’s a brilliant reward for one of the SPFL’s in-form stars of 2019-20 so far.
The centre-back has converted into an all action CDM and it has paid off big time for both him and Stephen Robinson. He is the club’s top scorer, netting a remarkable seven goals in seven games.
In his previous 91 apperances at senior level (Transfermarkt), Donnelly had scored four times at club level. He’s nearly doubled that figure in seven games this season.
He more than deserves his international call-up.
Donnelly is the main man in Motherwell right now
If Well fans and players alike are looking to one man for inspiration right now, it’s Donnelly. His rise from a pretty frustrating term last season at Fir Park to becoming their in-form player is quite remarkable.
Last season he only played 11 times. It seemed to be a transitional season for him following his move from Hartlepool as he adjusted to the Scottish game.
Nobody could’ve predicted he would start the season so well. Kudos has to go to his boss Robinson for swapping him out of centre-back and into CDM. In that role, the Northern Irishman looks very comfortable.
He can make a decent pass and screens the back four pretty well. As he’s proven already, he now knows where the net is.
From powerful drives like the one that nearly broke the net against Morton, to his five yard tap in against Celtic, Donnelly has displayed the instincts of a top striker at times this term.
Donnelly deserves credit for this rise. He didn’t get much of a chance last term, but didn’t let it get to him. Instead, he has thrived under the expectation of trying to prove that he is good enough for the Well.
His call-up to the Northern Ireland squad is well deserved and hopefully he gets to strut his stuff for Michael O’Neill’s men. The likes of Manuel Neur and Niklas Sule won’t know what’s hit them if Donnelly gets the ball within 25 yards of goal.