Patrick James Coleman McNair Apr 27, 1995 (21) Northern Ireland 1.84 m Warren Joyce introduced him to his Under-21 squad and described McNair as one of the most improved players in the squad as he nailed down a regular spot at the heart of the defence. It was his crucial last-gasp strike at Reading that ensured a top-four place in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League and progression to the knockout stages. Joyce did also hint the defender may revert to a midfield role in 2014/15 where his composure and ability to handle one-on-one situations can continue to flourish. However, he impressed as a centre-back and continued to make remarkably rapid strides to earn his stripes in the first team. Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill also believes McNair’s future may lie as a holding midfielder rather than a defender... it will be interesting to see if Jose Mourinho agrees.