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Mick McCarthy keen to bolster his thin Ipswich Town squad sooner rather than later

06:10 04 January 2013

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IPSWICH Town manager Mick McCarthy will step up his transfer search next week after the thinness of his squad was laid bare.

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The Blues boss has just 16 players with significant Championship experience to call upon tomorrow when his side travel to struggling Premier League outfit Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round.

The likes of Stephen Henderson, Bradley Orr (ineligible due to loans), Tyrone Mings (cup-tied) and Andy Drury (illness) are unavailable, while Danny Higginbotham and DJ Campbell have seen their loan deals expire.

In addition, McCarthy wants to rest a number of his players who have worked their socks off during a spell of four games in 11 games over the busy Christmas period.

“I knew the squad was thin from day one,” said the Blues boss.

“We’ve lost Danny Higginbotham so that’s why I was delighted to bring Patrick Kisnorbo in (on a month-long loan from Leeds yesterday). I need to get some more players in though.

“We’re talking about loads of players. I’ve been in there with Dave Bowman, Taff (Ian Evans) and Steve McCall (scouts) looking at a list of players as long as my arm. We’ll keep looking.

“We’ve made loads of calls, but nothing’s moving and nothing’s concrete at the moment. Thankfully we’ve got a week without a game coming up to change that.”

Speaking of Kisnorbo – who is eligible to play tomorrow and is on stand-by to replace Luke Chambers if he doesn’t recover from a broken nose – McCarthy said: “I’m delighted we’ve got him in because we only had Chambo and Tommy Smith at centre-backs.

“I was actually really delighted at the prospect that I might be able to play Tyrone Mings (the 19-year-old defender a recent signing from non-league side Chippenham Town) and then I find out he is cup-tied, not even for Chippenham, but having played in the competition last August for Yate. I thought ‘wow, I was on holiday then!’”

Meanwhile, McCarthy says that he expects DJ Campbell to play for QPR at home to West Brom in the FA Cup tomorrow – despite their 1-0 win at Chelsea on Wednesday night.

“Suddenly everyone is saying ‘Harry (Redknapp) might be able to attract some players now’,” said the Blues boss. “I would still think he’ll want to have a look at DJ (Campbell) though.”

Mccarthy also confirmed that left-back Kelly Youga – unable to break into the squad over the last few weeks – will not be kept on when his short-term contract expires later this month.

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6 comments

  • Editor, I am getting more surprised each week that the disrespectful comments of this person Steroo are allowed within this forum. His comments are a complete copy of any that have been included in the past so he has nothing new to say and his comments are bordering on the offensive. Please remove his comments or I for one will stop reading or buying the EADT in future.

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    bristan

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Today's quality signing shows the draw MM has and the quick business style and backing from ME is a perfect blend. COYB

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    richard gant

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Get ready fans for a load of Wolverhampton rejects to be given a job by maccarthy. If his signing of Kisnorbo is anything to go by, all the signings from now on will all be championship rejects.

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    ged scott

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • For goodness sake plunder the Spanish second division - loads of young talent there and probably not too costly.

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    DaveJS

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Villa game not of interest if we win great if we lose no big issue, Barnsley and Bristol City are the most important games of January. The over 25 rule is crazy when you look at the quality players around over 30 it's the right ones that want to play rather than just be paid. MM is a very good judge of character and will get it right 80% of the time, and ME is up there to back him.

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    richard gant

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • While not being quite as sceptical as Rob Steroo; I am concerned that MM seems to be looking at older players rather than younger ones. I'd like to see a transfer policy similar to Newcastle's 'nobody over 25' rule. On this theme, I'd applaud DJ Campbell being signed until the end of the season on another loan. But a permanent contract for this 31 year old - I think not. Similarly Orr should be back up for Hewitt - not vice versa. I fear though that we will soon see another group of soon to retire players at the club. I hope I'm wrong!

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    CasperF

    Friday, January 4, 2013

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