Belfast Telegraph

Chris Brunt has class, let's see it for Northern Ireland

By Steven Beacom

Chris Brunt was brilliant against Chelsea the other night.

Facing Jose Mourinho's worthy champions this season, few players have enjoyed themselves as much as West Brom star Brunt did on Monday.

Fair enough the Chelsea team, having won the title and in holiday mode, weren't in top gear and for most of the match played with 10 men, but even so Brunt's form was sensational.

He created havoc in the opposition box with his clever passing and dangerous crosses and scored with a stunning left foot drive as Albion won 3-0.

And all this despite getting smacked in the head after Cesc Fabregas, who was subsequently sent off, hit the ball in Brunt's direction.

It was fabulous to see a Northern Ireland international playing so well, not least because next month Michael O'Neill's side meet Romania in a Euro 2016 qualifier.

If fit, Brunt (right) will feature, probably at left-back. It's not his natural position, but to date in the campaign, when asked to fill in, he has performed a steady job.

I believe, though, that the 30-year-old is capable of much more than that.

He's a footballer who can come up with the spectacular, though with almost 50 caps to his name, he'll know that he hasn't done enough of that for his country.

Captain Steven Davis and Kyle Lafferty are Northern Ireland's big time players. Brunt has the ability to join that list. The more the merrier.

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