There was plenty of anticipation about where Stephen Kenny's first Republic of Ireland squad would appear on the evolution-to-revolution scale.

As expected, it is more a case of the former rather than the latter for the UEFA Nations League fixtures against Bulgaria and Finland in September as the former Dundalk and Ireland Under-21 boss revealed his 23-man selection.

Former regulars who had fallen out of favour over recent years through injury (James McCarthy) and form (Shane Long) have been recalled, while youngsters that Kenny had honed in the '21s and had since made the step up to the seniors towards the end of Mick McCarthy's reign have been retained in the shape of Aaron Connolly, Mark Travers and Troy Parrott.

Intriguing omissions among the younger age range include Jack Byrne, Michael Obafemi, Sean Maguire and West Brom's Dara O'Shea.

In terms of new faces, there are two uncapped names drafted in to the '23 and they are in positions with potential for flux in midfield and attack respectively.

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Jayson Molumby and Adam Idah took different trajectories at club level last season on route to joining each other in Kenny's maiden senior squad. But both represent qualities that the new man in charge wants to instil at senior level.

Both had impressed their international manager during the European Under-21 qualifying campaign, with Norwich's Idah netting three goals, including a brace against Luxembourg in the first group match back in March 2019. Another had arrived in the impressive 4-1 thrashing of Sweden last November.

"Adam has the best record of all the players coming through the ranks as a goalscorer. He's scored at every level," Kenny commented at Monday's squad announcement, referencing the Cork native's goals record from the Under-17s onwards. 

Idah after scoring against Sweden

"He did well at Under-21 level and this is the next step. So it's a good opportunity for him."

Kenny also made a revelatory point about Idah's attitude and mobility which gives a strong indication into how he wants his team to play, telling RTÉ Sport's Tony O'Donoghue that "we want speed in the team".

The 19-year-old had already made the step up to Premier League level over the nine months, albeit in a struggling Norwich team in the second half of the campaign.

Of all places to make a first Premier League start, it ended up being at Old Trafford, days after he had drawn attention to his evident potential with a hat-trick in the FA Cup against Preston North End.

He did not manage to find the net in the league in his role as an impact sub, although he came close to breaking his duck in England's top flight when he hit the woodwork late on against Brighton in early July.

Norwich's relegation may not be the worst thing for Idah over the coming months with the opportunity for him to earn more minutes in the second tier, adding to his experience and offering a chance to bolster his goal return.

Indeed playing in the Championship did Jayson Molumby's progression no harm. The central midfielder is on the books at Premier League Brighton but benefited from a loan to a Millwall side that flirted with the promotion play-off places.

The 21-year-old's mix of tenacity and composure on and off the ball was on show as he made 36 league appearances for the London club last season, the majority of them playing the full 90 minutes, especially between the autumn and up to the point of the campaign when football was suspended due to Covid-19.

His Millwall manager Gary Rowett was suitably impressed with the Co Waterford-born player, describing his contribution as "tremendous" and indicating that the club would be interested in loaning him once more next season if he is available.

His parent club certainly see his potential, with the Seagulls having extended his contract by a further three-and-a-half years back in March.

Like Idah, Molumby made his mark for the Ireland Under-21s, captaining the side at points during a campaign that had the Boys In Green top of the qualifying group before Covid-19 put a halt on fixtures.

And clearly, Kenny expects him to contribute immediately at senior level, especially as he pointed out that the small number of players called up means all 23 players picked have a good chance of getting game-time in the two forthcoming fixtures.

And he gave an indication as to the emphasis he is placing on his midfield selection, stating that, "It's very important to have cutting edge in the team and we've got players who we know can create and who can cause defences problems and we've got midfield players who can really play. That's what we want to maximise in the team."