Wolves youngster Connor Ronan has been praised by his caretaker manager at Blackpool David Dunn after the midfielder scored an absolute scorcher midweek.
The Irish midfielder may now be 21 and have his contract expiring in the summer, leaving his future somewhat in doubt, but that hasn’t stopped the young man impressing this season while on loan at Blackpool.
In the club’s local derby against Bolton Wanderers, he managed to put in a top performance which saw them win 2-1.
The goal, which can be seen in the tweet below, is one that he and supporters will not be forgetting in a hurry. With the ball bobbling after his first touch, he hits it so sweetly from about 30 yards out that it curves past the goalkeeper and flies into the back of the net.
— SportsJOE (@SportsJOEdotie) February 26, 2020
That was his first goal for the Tangerines, and without surprise, praise was heaped upon him by caretaker boss David Dunn who said he hopes there’s more to come.
He told the Blackpool Gazette: “I thought he caught it extremely well, so I’m pleased for the kid he’s got his first goal for the club and hopefully there’s more to come.
“I thought he was excellent last week at AFC Wimbledon as well, he’s got such a good touch. He makes things happen for us.
“If there’s one thing we’ve been saying it’s ‘can he get more assists?’ and ‘can he get more goals?’
“In the last couple of weeks he could have had a couple more assists if we had finished them off.
“He got one at Bristol Rovers and then he gets his goal in this one, so I’m pleased for him, as I am for Kiernan as well to get the winner.”
Ronan was previously on loan at Slovakian top-flight side DAC Dunajska Streda and even appeared in the Europa League qualifying rounds for them, however, after a change in manager, he returned to England and joined Blackpool.
While goals like this are likely to go a long way for him to be stood up at noticed within the hierarchy at Wolves, he turns 22 next week, and considering Ruben Neves is less than a year older than him, he might simply be too far away from the first-team for them to keep him.
Nevertheless, goals such as those are going to go a long way in making other clubs interested in him if he was to leave in the summer. The Republic of Ireland U21 international would clearly be an attractive prospect to a lot of clubs who are in the Football League.