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Whelan: Cooper and Kilkenny comparison is 'ludicrous'

Former Dublin star dismisses Joe Brolly’s renewed criticism of Gooch.

Cooper: not that type of footballer, according to Joe Brolly.
Cooper: not that type of footballer, according to Joe Brolly.
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FORMER DUBLIN STAR Ciarán Whelan has laughed off Joe Brolly’s latest criticism of Colm Cooper and believes that his RTÉ colleague’s comments should be taken “with a pinch of salt”.

Speaking to FRQfm digital radio station, Brolly commented that the Kerry great was not putting in the “hard yards” as a centre forward and compared him unfavourably with Dublin centre half forward Ciarán Kilkenny who Brolly described as “proper”.

“Cooper at centre half-forward is good in the sense that it frees him from the restrictions of the full-forward line but the problem is he’s looking for easy ball around the half-back line.

“He’s not doing the primary role of a centre half-forward. If you look at a Brian McGuigan or Greg Blaney, players like that, they could also win the breaking ball, the hard yards.

A centre-forward must do the hard yards and that’s just not the type of footballer Colm is. He’s looking for easy ball and it’s going to be very, very difficult for him.

He [Kilkenny] is proper, he’s powerful and he’s a battler.

Colm is peerless in terms of his skills but I’m on record as saying that I don’t believe he can lead a team in adversity and I’ve never seen him lead a team in adversity.

There’s a huge burden on his shoulders and he’s not just that type of person.”

Whelan however disagrees completely with Brolly’s evaluation of Cooper’s new role in the Kerry team.

“That’s Joe isn’t it really?” he said when informed of the Derry man’s comments. “You have to take everything that he says with a pinch of salt.”

“To say Colm Cooper doesn’t work hard for the team is just wrong. I remember watching him against Waterford earlier this year and at one stage he was back in his own defence blocking a Waterford goal chance. He has been dropping back helping out the team all year, his work ethic has always been very good.

“To compare himself and Ciarán Kilkenny as well is just wrong. They are players at different ends of the spectrum in terms of their careers.

“Colm Cooper has been there and done that and been one of the greatest players in the last decade. Ciarán is just starting out, he’s only young, hopefully he will go on and have the sort of career that we think he can, but to compare the two of them right now is just ludicrous.”

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