‘Could win the Ballon d’Or’ This released Aston Villa man is already shining at new club
When Harry McKirdy left Aston Villa earlier this summer, he knew it was high time for him to start playing regular football.
The 22-year-old had three different loan spells during his final years at Villa, but failed to ever make an impact with his parent club.
The winger, who had spent seven years with the club, was released by Dean Smith as part of a number of changes to the U23 squads.
He landed with Carlisle United in League Two, where he was signed to a one-year deal.
And it is fair to say he has hit the ground running for the Cumbrians. McKirdy was the star of the show as his new side thrashed Barnsley 3-0 in the Carabao Cup, scoring once in his hour-long display.
That’s McKirdy’s second goal in only three games at Carlisle, as well as registering two assists. Upon signing at Brunton Park, he said: “You kind of know as a person where you are. I’m at an age now where I need to be playing games regularly and that wasn’t meant to happen for me with them.
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“It just feels like I’m ready, which probably wasn’t the case when I first went out on my loans.
“Physically it’s like I’m turning into a man on and off the pitch, and I do feel ready to prove myself.”
And looking across social media, it appears clear he has gone a long way to proving himself to his new supporters.
JakeyBlain: How good is Harry McKirdy though, could win the ballon d’or within a few years.
NobbyBlue: McKirdy seems to be getting better every game. Looking like a terrific signing so far.
CrunchBlue: Amazing result and performance. McKirdy and Thomas are capable of being the best wingers in the league.
ORFC: McKirdy’s obviously a cut above, 6-year contract quick before he gets snaffled in january or whatever
@nownowchildren: I wanna marry Harry McKirdy.
@NicoHillkenberg: Harry McKirdy is some player. Looks a proper coup for us. Thoroughly looking forward to his remaining stint at BP before he signs his three-year deal at Preston North End for an undisclosed fee
@AJLimb91: Harry McKirdy is my hero x
@cufccraig1983: Won’t be long before teams start looking at mckirdy 2 goals and 2 assists in 3 games,
@naterusso_: Nathan Thomas and Harry McKirdy are the best 2 wingers in League 2 pass it on
@MartynWaller1: amazing result for Carlisle. McKirdy amazing once more get him signed up on long term contract!