Legendary GAA star Peter Canavan has come out and said what we have all been thinking – Michael Murphy is the best footballer in the country.
The Tyrone legend has named his top ten players in the modern game.
And not only has he ranked the big Glenswilly man number one but he has included three Donegal players in the top ten.
As well as Murphy, Canavan has put Paddy McBrearty and Frank McGlynn in his most influential collection.
Canavan says “Any serious team that wishes to beat Donegal simply has to man-mark him. Murphy destroyed Armagh because they decided they were going to leave him unmarked in the middle of the pitch. Big mistake.
“Nobody can control a game in the middle sector as well as Murphy. A sign of a true leader is when the chips are down. Against Tyrone this year and the last five minutes against Armagh last year when they needed direction and leadership, it was Murphy who provided the impetus to get them over the line.”
He adds that Donegal’s system is so sophisticated that they warrant further players on the list.
“Like Paddy McBrearty. Without his skill-set at full-forward, Donegal would have to employ Murphy on the edge of the square and lose his contribution to turnovers and transitioning.
“He is 21 now, and I was a long time playing championship football before I had played what he has. It appears that Rory Gallagher recognises his scoring potential. His first option is now to take on his marker and try and get his shot away, something that brought him 1-24 throughout the National League.
“The final Donegal man to make the list is Frank McGlynn. When we were in our prime, Conor Gormley was able to perform so many tasks in our defence. Be it man-marking their best forwards, sweeping, coming forward to get crucial scores, he was able to do anything. Donegal have that in Frank McGlynn.
“His pass for Christy Toye’s point in the preliminary round against Tyrone is an early candidate for pass of the season. He and Karl Lacey perform very similar roles, but McGlynn gets the nod through his energy.”