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Keith Treacy and Conan Byrne believe Nathan Collins' big money

  • The Republic of Ireland defender recently left relegated Burnley to return to the Premier League for an undisclosed fee assumed to be in the region of £20.5m, which would make him the most expensive Irish transfer of all time.

    Speaking on the RTÉ Soccer Podcast, former Ireland, Blackburn and Burnley midfielder Treacy said the back three system utilised by both Wolves and Ireland would allow him to slot in almost seamlessly at his new club."The reason Wolves have bought him is because he can defend properly and when you look at Bruno Lage's team, they do not concede a lot of goals.

    "They don't score a lot of goals but they don't concede an awful lot of goals and that is the backbone to their success so they will try and embed him into their back three really quickly.

    "And the good thing for us looking at it for Irish eyes, they're going to play a back three similar to Ireland so you would think that it's going to be, not seamless but if he does get in there he is going to be playing the Irish way so he will able to come from there into the Irish squad which not a lot of Irish players do."

    Treacy added that it was "a match made in heaven" for player and club, a sentiment ex-St Pat's midfielder Byrne echoed, also predicting that the 21-year-old has a good chance of breaking straight into the starting XI at Molineux."Being given the number four shirt proves that, that they see him as a long-term defender at Wolves," said Byrne.

    "He'll be in with experienced players like Conor Coady and Max Kilman in beside him which is only going to help him as well and two players in front of him in Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho so they're players he can pass the ball into midfield that are going to hold onto it and create chances further up the field for Wolves. So as Keith said, I think it's a match made in heaven."

    Wolves' pre-season has notably seen Connor Ronan being given a chance by manager Lage after six loan spells away from the club over the last 4-5 years, with the most recent season at St Mirren going very well for a player who has had a call-up to Stephen Kenny's Ireland senior squad this year.

    Treacy expects the 24-year-old attacking midfielder to go out on loan again this coming season.

    "I know he's played a couple of games in the build-up to this season but I think he'll go back out on loan," he said.

    "There's so much pedigree in that Wolves side and they build their success on not conceding a lot of goals so when they get chances, they really need to hit the back of the net and I don't think he's quite trusted just yet in that in Bruno Lage's eyes.


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