Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 14°C

Search

Decision time nears for SIX Ipswich Town first-teamers

PUBLISHED: 10:30 18 December 2012

Nigel Reo-Coker

Nigel Reo-Coker

Archant

MICK McCarthy is mulling over the future of SIX key first-team players as he looks to shape his Blues side in the New Year.

When are the ‘Ipswich six’ leaving?

* Stephen Henderson – (current deal expires) January 13

* Bradley Orr – January 26

* Danny Higginbotham – December 31

* Nigel Reo-Coker – January 12

* DJ Campbell – January 5

* Bilel Mohsni – December 31

The fragile, short-term nature of the current first-team squad can be seen by the fact a third of Saturday’s 18-man squad were made up of players who are due to leave Town by the end of next month.

Three of those six – Stephen Henderson, Bradley Orr and DJ Campbell – started the 2-0 defeat at Leeds United while Nigel Reo-Coker, Bilel Mohsni and Danny Higginbotham were on the bench at Elland Road.

The situation inherited by McCarthy highlights how reliant the current Ipswich team have been on the here-and-now, but the risky strategy has shown signs of working with the likes of Henderson and top scorer Campbell excelling recently.

Now McCarthy will be weighing up who he wants to keep at Portman Road and what he will need to do to persuade them that their future is best spent in Suffolk.

His own moves in January’s transfer window will be largely dictated by what the parent clubs – and each of the five loan players – want to do.

One of his top transfer priorities will be keeping hold of Campbell even though QPR boss Harry Redknapp has made overtures about wanting to retain the red-hot striker following his eight goals in 13 games for Town.

This means Blues fans will be pinning their hopes on the striker demanding a transfer from Loftus Road in the pursuit of regular first-team football.

McCarthy will have made plans for life with – and without – Campbell as well as the other four loanees on his books whose spells end in January.

Then there is Nigel Reo-Coker who has hardly enamoured himself to the Portman Road faithful after signing a three-month permanent deal in October.

It was largely felt at the time that the experienced former Premier League midfielder would use his short spell to win a return to the top flight.

But after largely under-performing in his games at Ipswich, Reo-Coker is at a crossroads in his career.

We understand the 28-year-old would now be open to an extended deal and McCarthy must decide whether to offer him another short-term offer, a longer contract or release him altogether.

In this week’s nostalgia, we take a look at when Ipswich beat Leeds United 4-2 at Portman Road in the first Premier League fixture between the two sides back on October 3, 1992.

Just one in five punters think Ipswich Town will beat league leaders Leeds United at Elland Road toady.

High-flying Ipswich Town take on Championship table-toppers Leeds United at Elland Road today. STUART WATSON brings you quotes, team news, prediction and more.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes Blues skipper Luke Chambers is management material and has joked he might end up being the defender’s assistant one day.

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick feels he’s back ‘on song’ and is targeting his best ever goals haul this season.

Ipswich Town supporter Mike Dove has written an open letter to fellow Blues fans on Twitter after last weekend’s 2-0 home win over Bolton was played in front of the lowest league crowd at Portman Road in 19 years. Here it is, plus some reaction.

Ipswich Town take on Leeds United, at Elland Road, in a top-six Championship match tomorrow afternoon (3pm). STUART WATSON previews the match.

David McGoldrick believes Ipswich Town have what it takes to stay in the Championship top six spots.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he will always be football’s ultimate pragmatist.

Ipswich Town take on Championship table-toppers Leeds United, at Elland Road, on Saturday.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24