Reid "can make the ball talk"

April 10, 2018

Kilkenny's TJ Reid in action against Tipperary.
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Eoin Larkin says TJ Reid is playing at a higher level than Henry Shefflin.

Reid registered a whopping 1-81 during Kilkenny's successful league campaign, including fifteen points in Sunday's final victory over Tipperary, and former Cats attacker Larkin believes comparisons between the two Ballyhale Shamrocks clubmen are justified:

"He is probably at a higher level than Shefflin was at," he told The Irish Times. "They seem to have cemented TJ at centre forward and built a team around him and you couldn't argue with him in the form that he is in at the moment. I would just be worried that he is peaking too soon and I would hope that he doesn't blow up halfway through the Leinster championship.

"He can make the ball talk in fairness to him. He has a great pair of hands and physically he is after maturing very well, he has all the attributes. As we have seen in the last few games, he is really the leader of the team now but I am sure that Brian Cody will be looking for others to step up too when he doesn't have a good day, and that day will come as well.

"The form TJ is in at the moment, there's not many systems or players that are going to stop him. I think you just have to do your best on him and accept that he's going to score a few points and move on."

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