West Ham defender Joey O’Brien says that he would welcome a loan move away from West Ham if he can’t get regular football at Upton Park.
O’Brien hasn’t had the best of luck recently with injuries, however, now he’s fully fit again from an ankle injury he suffered at the beginning of the season, he’s looking for some regular game time.
The 29-year-old is keen to be part of the Ireland squad for the European Championships, and as such, he wants to be playing first-team football.
However, competition for places are right back is high at the Hammers. James Tomkins has filled in well in the role, whilst new signing Sam Byram is likely to be ahead of O’Brien in the pecking order
If O’Brien does want to play regularly between now and the summer, he might have to look for a loan move, and that is something he is prepared to do in order to get enough games under his belt to be included in Martin O’Neill’s squad.
He told London 24 Sport:
The Euros are in the summer. I need to be playing games to try and get into the next squad for the friendlies. Then we can see what happens from there but I need to be playing. Ireland hasn’t been to many major championships, so this is a big deal. I will have to see what the manager thinks. If he sits me down and says he wants me to go out on loan then I will look at that. It is down to the manager, if he wants me to hang around here then that’s what I will do. But if he wants me to go out on loan, then I will look at that.
It is not yet known whether Slaven Bilic will allow O’Brien a loan move, and the recent injury to Carl Jenkinson might work against the Irishman if Bilic decides he needs him as cover.