There was a strong reaction to Michael Murphy's debut on The Sunday Game 2 months ago

There was a strong reaction to Michael Murphy's debut on The Sunday Game

Michael Murphy made his debut on The Sunday Game tonight.

The Donegal captain, who led the county to All-Ireland success in 2012, joined the panel to review the weekend's football semi-final action.

Alongside Ciaran Whelan, Colm Cooper and presenter Des Cahill, the Glenswilly forward more than held his own in an impressive showing, suggesting that a stint in punditry may lie in waiting when he hangs up the boots.

It shouldn't come as much of a surprise to learn that Murphy is competent in front of the camera. The man can do just about anything. Clearly prepared, the Letterkenny native spoke honestly, eloquently and fastidiously as the panel got stuck into the Championship semi-finals; Dublin v Galway and Monaghan v Tyrone.

On Tyrone's tactics, Murphy said: "They really stifled the energy that Monaghan usually bring, from the Karl O'Connells, Darren Hughes, and Ryan McAnespies. And because of that stifling, Monaghan really looked one dimensional."

And when discussing the role of the modern inside forward, he was equally insightful and illuminating: "One of the attributes you need as an inside forward now, these days, is a bit of patience... the likes of Conor McManus for Monaghan, he would have wanted to get on the ball and have some influence."

The response on social media has been unanimously positive.

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