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What makes Sean Moore stand out from the rest - former players have their say

Barry Johnston believes Sean Moore's decision-making at pressure moments make him the standout prospect currently in the Irish League.

Moore is enjoying a stellar season with Cliftonville and continues to be linked with a big move across the water.

Several cross-channel clubs are monitoring the 17-year-old's progress at Solitude, including West Ham United, Newcastle United, Everton, Brighton and QPR.

Read more: Lee Feeney opens up on sack fears as he outlines 'priority' for Bangor

Former Cliftonville title-winner Johnston believes Moore boasts footballing maturity beyond his years, and insists there is "no limit" to what he can achieve in the game.

He told Belfast Live's That's What I Call Football podcast: "What really separates Sean from others is his decision-making, especially in the final third.

"He always makes the right decision. Some players beats two or three opponents and then hit their cross into the first defender, and fans get annoyed.

"They do all the hard work and the final product isn't there, but Sean has a final product.

"Any time he's in the box he cuts it back or makes a good pass, or he takes players on - and he scores goals.

"If he keeps doing what he is doing, there is no limit for that kid. And he is a good kid, too, so I hope it all works out for him."

Former Linfield and Rangers star Lee Feeney is a man who knows what it is like to have an unforgiving spotlight cast on you at a young age.

The Bangor boss admits he has been uber impressed by Moore's ability to perform under the hype and media attention.

Cliftonville's Sean Moore (INPHO/Stephen Hamilton)

He also believes the youngster is a throwback to attacking wingers of the past.

"He is beautiful to watch," Feeney said.

"We mentioned two players on this podcast - Sean Moore and Conor McMenamin. They are both runners.

"They run and commit which is a dying trait in football now. You don't have players who run at defenders and commit them, showing a bit of class and magic.

"It is all pass, move, control and whatever. So it is great to see players who are brave and direct and who have the ability to do that.

The wee lad Sean is a breath of fresh air and good to watch."

Northern Ireland Under 17 and 19 manager Gerard Lyttle is another fan of the teenager, but he insists it is crucial any hype and expectation is tempered as the teenager maps out his early career.

"Paddy came out in an interview last weekend and said Sean was going nowhere. He made it very clear," Lyttle said.

"I think there was an offer from West Ham around the £200,000 mark. I watched him last Saturday and it was probably one of his quieter games, yet he scored a goal and won a penalty.

"So he had a real impact on the result.

"I have said it before that it is important we don't put too much pressure on the kid. He is developing and will have inconsistent performances.

"He needs good people around him to manage him when things aren't going great. There will be ups and downs.

"In a selfish way I am glad he is staying. He is playing men's football every week, and he will come into the Northern Ireland Under 19s a year young and potentially come into the squad for the Euro elites."


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