MICK McCarthy believes patience will be the key with Frank Nouble, as Ipswich Town look to get the best out of the young striker’s ability.

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Despite being just 21, Nouble is already at his tenth club, having signed on the dotted line at Portman Road last month.

Having started as a youngster at Chelsea, the Londoner moved on to West Ham and finally Wolves, via loan spells at several clubs, including Barnsley, Gillingham, Swindon Town and West Bromwich Albion.

Nouble has yet to start for Town and his substitute appearances have yet to yield a goal.

However, McCarthy has labelled the 6ft 3ins striker as a work in progress and is desperate for the pacey frontman to be a success in a Town shirt.

“I hope he turns into a player,” said McCarthy.

“Terry Connor (assistant manager) will have a lot to do with that because he worked with him for four months at Wolves.

“I actually was trying to sign him for Wolves before I left, Terry followed it up and did.”

With the build of a heavyweight boxer and pace to burn, Nouble has all the credentials to become a major nuisance to opposition defences in the Championship.

But the Blues boss believes there are other facets to the striker’s game that supporters may have not yet seen.

“There’s more to him than a big, strong lad that goes on (as a sub) – he’s better than that,” explained the Town boss, who suggested the striker may not have been nurtured as well as he could have been at previous clubs he has featured for.

“He plays to his strengths, but I think he’s a better footballer than that and has a lot to offer us.

“He wants to do well. He’s really ambitious.

“If you look at where he’s been, he’s been to so many clubs on loan and he’ll admit himself that they put him in the team, he does alright, and then he doesn’t do alright.

“He’s not been quite what some have thought he is and he just gets sent back and doesn’t get worked with.

“Well we will work with him and hopefully get the best out of him.

“He’s a great kid and really wants to do well.”

8 comments

  • John Lowe - The problem with JET is that he doesn't seem to want to put in the hard work or show the commitment that clearly Frank does. Is it not better to work with a player that shows he wants to put the effort in than one who thinks he can play his way just because he was brought up at Arsenal in this method???? In the Championship you need players that are prepared to run and run and also show just that little bit of quality to support the whole team, unlike the Premiership where it can be all about quality and flair.

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    John Potter

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Actually, the point I was trying to make Bristan was the fact that they have their heads wrapped up rap and yet is about time they did their talking on the park! Renaldo has every right to wear headphones and act like a primadonna simply because he IS! They are poor pretenders to the throne.

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    FRANK WESTON

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • Problem is JET has a lazy attitude toward his career. Having natural talent alone , is often not enough. He needs to apply a little application to that talent and then we would have one hell of a player. Sadly I dont think JET has it in his make up to add the work ethos to his talent. Nouble will surpass him and IMO is actually a far better player.But I would love JET to prove his doubters wrong!

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    Liz Knott

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • I think the two of them need to get their headphones off and their football boots on more often and then and only THEN with hard work and commitment will Town reap the rewards of two potential stars.

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    FRANK WESTON

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • I hope he does well - & that some patience is shown with the lad.MM has indicated that continually going out on loan has not helped his progress. He has all the physical attributes & also works hard - difficult to ask for too much more at the moment. The important thing is he is our player & if nurtured properly think he could do well - MM having accepted loans are not the way forward should not now fly in the face of his own logic & put him too far down the pecking order in favour of our own various loanees.

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    Old Timer

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Frank, I am sure I've seen Ronaldo with ear phones on so I am not sure your reasoning is very accurate :-)

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    bristan

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Would like Terry Connor to focus more on JET who probably has even more potential but is also not able to perform consistently so far.

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    John Lowe

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Another waste of space signed my mccarthy to add to many more he has and not wanted by their own clubs. Only 21 and at his 10th club speaks for it self mccarthy but you cannot see it - plank!!!

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    ged scott

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

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