MICKEY Harte believes that the current Tyrone team have the potential to be the top team in the country.
They are preparing for a predicted sell-out against All-Ireland semi-final clash with favourites Dublin, with the weight of expectation on their shoulders.
Optimists believe that this team could return to the All-Ireland final for the first time since 2008, when they last won Sam. Harte didn’t go that far, but he did pay his team a big compliment.
“I think this Tyrone squad is on the way to reaching the top level. I believe that potential is there. Whether it is realised or not that’s a big question.
“Ultimately some people will always judge a team or a squad in terms of the silverware that they win. I think that that’s a bit narrow. I think you have to judge them from where they were a few years ago to where they are now. And is that success? I would say that that is success. They have a little bit of silverware on the way to doing that.”
One criticism of this team has been that they don’t have a marquee forward.
When Tyrone beat Dublin in the 2005 championship they had marquee forwards like Owen Mulligan and Stephen O’Neill who scored 2-10 between them.
“It is easy to look back with rose-tinted glasses to a very successful period in our time. We still had the so-called marquee forwards at that time , which has been the big ‘spake’ over the last while.
“Those days you were still dependent on someone getting 0-6, 0-7, 0-3, or 1-4 or 1-5. The Stephen O’Neills, the Peter Canavans, and other people chipping in like Owen Mulligan, Ger Cavlan, Brian Dooher.
“You always had the big scoring forward, but that isn’t the phenomenon of the modern game. I don’t compare this team to a previous era. They have to be allowed to be judged in their own right.”
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Posted: 9:15 pm August 21, 2017