'A big future' - Villa veteran singles out Derby prospect for praise

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Aston Villa's Shay Given has spoken highly about Derby County defender Cyrus Christie's talents.

Shay Given has spoken highly of Cyrus Christie, after the Derby County youngster put in a fine performance for the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday night.

Given and Christie are at opposite ends of their careers and the experienced stopper has identified the right-back as someone who could have a bright future in the game.

The pair both started in Ireland's 4-1 win over the United States of America last night and Christie clearly impressed Given with his natural attacking intent. 

"Cyrus probably settled into it more in the second half as well when he bombed forward a few times and got some great balls into the box," Given told the Belfast Telegraph. "He's only young as well and he's got a big future ahead of him."

Christie has been a revelation since signing for Derby this summer from Coventry City.

The 22-year-old had accumulated over 100 appearances for the Sky Blues during his time there and he has made the step up with consummate ease since moving to Pride Park.

Blessed with pace and power, Christie is a solid defender, but also provides an attacking outlet for his side and it seems that his career is starting to take off now.

Ireland's goals were scored by Robbie Brady, who netted twice, Anthony Pilkington and James McClean, but Christie's performance was as eye-catching as any of the goalscorers'. 

He is likely to remain in the squad for the rest of the European qualifiers now and he will be hoping to continue to impress.

Ireland are in a hotly contested group and are among a clutch of teams aiming to make it to France in 2016 meaning that the pressure will be on Christie to maintain his high standards in the future. 

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