Can disappointing Tamas perk up?

IN a season of disappointments, expensive summer signing Tamas Priskin has been the biggest disappointment of them all.Of course it's still only half-time, in terms of Ipswich Town's Championship campaign, but is time running out for Priskin?The Hungarian international has been linked with a possible loan move to Charlton, while Town boss Roy Keane admitted yesterday that the unsettled front-man had not been impressing him sufficiently in training, to earn a recall .

Carl Marston

By Carl Marston

IN a season of disappointments, expensive summer signing Tamas Priskin has been the biggest disappointment of them all.

Of course it's still only half-time, in terms of Ipswich Town's Championship campaign, but is time running out for Priskin?

The Hungarian international has been linked with a possible loan move to Charlton, while Town boss Roy Keane admitted yesterday that the unsettled front-man had not been impressing him sufficiently in training, to earn a recall .

At least Keane is considering the possibility of recalling Priskin to his 18-man squad this afternoon, for the visit of Coventry City.

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But the �1.7m man needs to step up his game, which has so far yielded just one league goal in eight league starts.

"Tamas has been getting opportunities, in training," insisted Keane.

"I didn't say that he wasn't impressing me in training, just that perhaps he hasn't been impressing as much as others.

"But he's a chance of being involved this weekend."

With reference to Charlton's interest in Priskin, Keane added: "If someone gets on the phone and is interested in one of my players, then I'll consider it."

Ex-Watford hit-man Priskin has not started a game since the 2-1 away win at Cardiff at the end of November, when he was substituted early in the second half.

In fact, the 23-year-old has only played a full 90 minutes on two occasions all season, in the November draws at Reading and against Sheffield Wednesday.

Furthermore, he has been frozen out of the 18-man squad in Town's last three fixtures, just as fellow front-man Pablo Counago has not featured in the last two.

Priskin has already insisted that he doesn't want to leave Town, even on a loan deal. "If it's up to me, I'm going nowhere," he said.

It would probably require Keane to sign a new striker, during this month's transfer window, for Priskin to be loaned out, especially as Stern John's loan deal from Crystal Palace also expires later this month.

Town expressed an interest in recruiting Nottingham Forest's veteran front-man, Dele Adebola, earlier in the week, although Forest boss Billy Davies was quick to insist that Adebola was staying at the City Ground.

Keane has already loaned out the trio of Tommy Smith (to Brentford), Liam Trotter (to Millwall) and Colin Healy (to Falkirk) over the last couple of weeks, but as yet no one else is set to join them.

"I've had no conservations with any managers about any of my players going out on loan," said Keane.

"There are a lot of new managers weighing up their squads at the moment, managers like Darren Ferguson (at Preston), Alan Irvine (at Sheffield Wednesday) and Brian Laws (at Burnley)."

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