Sir Bobby hails O'Brien

Last updated : 23 February 2004 By Martyn Elliott

The Republic of Ireland international has been in arguably the best form of his career since winning his place back in the team for the trip to Manchester United and the praise from the manager is certainly merited.

"There'll be a new deal for Andy if he carries on like this," Sir Bobby told the Sunday Sun.

"He's contracted until 2007 but if he turns out to be an outstanding, dependable player of real Premiership quality, then the chairman will be able to improve his contract.

"I didn't see Andy's performance against Ronaldo (in Ireland’s goalless draw with Brazil) but I've certainly heard about it. He's come good. Having been a bit nervous, he's now starting to look like a very accomplished player.

"He's got good pace and heading ability but just needs to be more adept on the ball; to not be afraid to have the ball, to bring it out of defence and to pass it."