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Elliott Hewitt delights Mick McCarthy but boss warns it might not be the right time for teen

06:05 21 November 2012

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MICK McCarthy has spoken of his excitement over the progress of highly-rated defender Elliott Hewitt.

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But Town fans hoping to see the right-back start for the struggling Blues are likely to be disappointed after McCarthy questioned whether the 18-year-old was ready to be thrown into a relegation dog-fight.

Hewitt has yet to kick a Championship ball in anger after a stuttering start to his Town career, caused by a slow recovery from hip surgery – prior to signing with Town.

But the Welsh Under-21 right-back has slowly completed his rehabilitation with Hewitt named on the bench for the Blues’ last two matches.

McCarthy has admitted he has been impressed with Hewitt – a stand-out performer in the recent Under-21s match against Swansea and then in the Suffolk Premier Cup win over Walsham last week.

But he is likely to keep faith with new loan signing Bradley Orr who endured a nightmare debut against Lloyd Dyer during Leicester’s 6-0 thumping on Saturday. Hewitt, who was Paul Jewell’s first signing of the summer and who McCarthy had scouted during his time for Wolves, is clearly one-for-the-future.

McCarthy said: “I really like what I have seen of Elliott Hewitt.

“We was looking at him at Wolves, along with everyone else – there are no secrets in football when good players, especially good young lads, come onto the scene.

“I am looking forward to seeing him fully-fit. But is it the right time for him to go into the team? I’m not so sure.”

Hewitt signed for Ipswich for an undisclosed six-figure fee in May having played just 22 competitive games for his first club – Macclesfield.

Orr might have not won over many fans with his performance at the King Power Stadium, but McCarthy is likely to stick by his “hard-nosed” professionals for Saturday’s must-win home match against bottom club Peterborough.

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10 comments

  • He seems like a really smart lad, as well as a good player. Look at his picture. Even on day one he couldn't get close enough to the emergency exit!!

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    mike walker

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • A suggestion to MM. All though we are all interested in the here and now, what ever happens we must look to the future and so more signings of youngsters with potential would be very welcome.

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    MOTT MIKE

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Please – Hewitt and Chambers for right back. Orr and Edwards, never again. Even if Hewitt has much to learn, he can’t be worse than Orr or Edwards. N’Daw can fill in for central defence can’t he? N’Daw in defence is surely better than the clowns who’ve conceded so many goals. Hyam can do N’Daw’s job in midfield.

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    Pete James

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • If we have a future then he is obviously one for it.

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    FRANK WESTON

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • I AGREE WITH YOU BERTIE , DON'T THINK THEY'LL BE ANY STATUE'S OF (M.E ) OUTSIDE ( P.R ) THAT'S FOR SURE .

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    MIGUEL100

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • My plea to MM is give the lad Hewitt a go. If he looks promising while in training take a chance. Its widely accepted that Orr was very poor so please give youth its chance. Surely couldn't do worse than the so called many leaders we had on the pitch. Let's also get Hyam back into the team.

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    Tim Bartlett

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Even good news fillers on a quiet day make depressing reading in the EADT nowdays. If only it were true that Mick McCarthy really was excited by Elliott Hewitt - alas actions speak much louder than words. McCarthy has not only refused to play him, he has actually brought in a 30 year old loan player to restrict his opportunities and further stunt his development. Actions which are the exact opposite of what he appears to be saying and what any Ipswich Town manager should be doing. Ipswich Town supporters of a certain age remember Bill Mcgarry leaving Town for Wolves because they 'had more potential' ... and later Frank O'Farrell rejected Town in favour of Leicester City for the exact same reason. To many supporters nowadays those words probably don't even seem silly - but they were - and they could be again if only those running the club had the common sense to act. If Clegg has any role at all at Portman Road it must surely be to suggest in the strongest words possible that Mick McCarthy is already repeating exactly the same mistakes as his predecessor.... and if nothing changes, the results will be exactly the same - or worse.

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    Russell Sprout

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • The absurd goings-on at Chelsea this morning show that the owner there cares nothing for the sport, the club, the fans. The situation at Ipswich is no different. The profound mis-management of the club by the invisible man is a humiliation and an embarrassment to the county. He should go and go now.

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    Bertie Shrimp

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Bertie,just who would you like to buy the club if you got rid of MM.

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    brisie58

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Tim Bartlett - couldn't agree more re Hewitt & Hyam - in fact I'd go further & bring back Loach & Smith. I'd also like to see Carson on the subs bench & Murray given some encouragement !!The loaness have largely been discredited - surely time to give our own players a chance ???????

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    Old Timer

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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