The traditional format of the UEFA European Championship is to have a 16 team format but in the upcoming edition of the European it will be contested between 24 teams and the right-back of Fleetwood Town, ConorMclaughlin is a huge supporter of this recent change as the Northern Ireland defender believes that this can allow other squads on having a chance of making it further then what they usually do.
ConorMclaughlin is a consistent performer not only for his club Fleetwood Town but also for Northern Ireland as the defender has performed in all of the 2016 Euro qualifying matches that his country has played so far and Mclaughlin displayed his support towards the change that allows more teams on competing which gives the smaller nations a bigger chance of reaching the finals.
“You listen to all the home nations and they’re all saying the same thing. I don’t know if it’s the change in qualification with three teams, it’s given a lot of smaller nations a lot of confidence that they can get to a major competition’’ ConorMclaughlin said.
Northern Ireland is positioned in the 2nd spot of group F after having collected a total of 9 points from the 4 matches that the nation has played and ConorMcluaghlin has played in every single one of those games as the young right-back has turned into a consistent and key performer for his nation.
ConorMclaughlin is also a vital player for his club, Fleetwood Town with the English club going through their first season in the English League One after being promoted from League Two.
Fleetwood Town is experiencing a fine season in their debut in the 3rd tier English League and fans already are projecting and hoping that the club can secure another promotion spot to the English Championship League but ConorMclaughlin stated that accomplishing this task in their debut season is simply unrealistic.
“I think we need to be realistic and know that it’s our first season in League One which is a huge step from where the club was.We know how good the squad is but we just need to keep doing what we’re doing and keep trying to pick up points.”ConorMclaughlin added on.