Byrne was a class underage player, as influential at U21 as O Carroll was. Also on the ball he is superb, for the last 15 minutes of the 2016 final he was nearly our most important player. Yes, he has had two rough days out, McManus and McBrearty - but in his defence, in the game against McManus he was left one on one with him for most of the game and on Saturday for at least two of those McBrearty points Byrne had done his job and forced a shot from a very low percentage area. The fact McBrearty scored is more down to his talents then anything Byrne did or didn’t do.
He is probably in fourth place now, of the three for the full back line, but he is probably the most stereotypical full back of the lot. So I think he will make a place his own there in the coming years.