Talk about a dream debut.
Fans and neutrals alike would have been flocking to Wikipedia in their droves when a little-known 20-year-old was picked to start between the sticks in Bournemouth’s Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur in May.
But, 90 minutes later, everyone knew the name Mark Travers. The young Irishman made five saves, many of them spectacular, as Bournemouth beat the Champions League finalists on their own turf.
No wonder Mick McCarthy, who handed Travers his first call-up for the Republic of Ireland, was impressed.
"He's great, he'll be fine. He was terrific, everybody was impressed by him when he came in with us and a lovely young man as well,” the Barnsley-born boss told Off The Ball.
"So it was no surprise to me that he played that well and I'm glad I gave him the big up because he didn't let me down.
"[I was] impressed. He's going to be a good goalkeeper. Shay Given made his debut at 19. I'm not suggesting for one minute he's the next Shay Given so don't let me put that in but age is not a problem, it's his ability."
According to the Irish Sun, Leeds United have registered an interest in signing Travers, whose future at Bournemouth is uncertain with Eddie Howe keen to bring in a new number one.
Considering that neither Bailey Peacock-Farrell nor Kiko Casilla covered themselves in glory at times last season, Travers could soon be the new number one at Elland Road if The Cherries let him go.
And McCarthy, for one, would surely be thrilled to see his young buck playing regular first team football in West Yorkshire.
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