What's your point? Having one of the best footballers in Ireland designated to mark you every time you play is proof positive of the quality of Connolly. I don't imagine Mayo management assign their best player to man mark Connolly because he's overrated.
..except they play opposing positions regardless, and continually loses the duel even on the scoreline - embarrassing for a forward.
I'm glad the Connolly hype train has broken the last 12 months. Lovely skills but not the temperament or big match delivery that justifies him being ranked on these sorts of lists or as the best footballer in Ireland - a title he never won in any of its yearly award forms, it should be noted.
Nonsense. A half back now has loads of bodies back supporting him so it's much easier to mark a forward and then break ahead yourself if your teammates turn it over. Keegan is a great player but half back is the place to be if you want to shine in the modern game.
His temperament is fine, yes a bit more aggressive than ideal but no harm having that edge. He has played brilliantly for Dublin in many big games so to say he doesn't deliver in big games is just silly. How many player of the year awards did Cooper or Canavan win? If other IC managers could pick a player to join their team Connolly would be on all the lists.
Canavan won the Texaco PotY in 2003, Gooch the following year.
Trying to tell someone Connolly has a 'fine' temperament two weeks after he got sent off in a national final, itself hot on the heels of coming on in the previous game and getting sent off within 15 minutes, is laughable in the extreme.
Ok so the guy who was voted by GAAboard as the best of the last 40 years won it once and Gooch, regarded by many as the best Kerry forward of all time, won it once. Surely if the POTY award was genuinely reflective of the greatness of a player it would be won more than once by those greats? If Connolly wins it before he finishes does that change things? He has certainly been in the running a few times too.
A black card for a rush of blood to the head was silly but the Monaghan black card was very soft (wrong actually). For a guy who has to deal with a lot of attention he has been remarkably restrained. If Canavan was in the era of the black card he'd have gotten a few. One of the things that made Canavan a great player was that edge that Connolly has.
He might not be everybody's cup of tea but it's daft to question his standing in the game, easily the best player in the country.