Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 4°C

ESTD 1874 Search

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

06:05 21 November 2012

Elliott Hewitt

Elliott Hewitt

Archant

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

shares

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.

shares

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!!

    Report this comment

    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.

    Report this comment

    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.

    Report this comment

    Pete James

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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

    Report this comment

    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 .

    Report this comment

    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.

    Report this comment

    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.

    Report this comment

    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.

    Report this comment

    Bertie Shrimp

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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

    Report this comment

    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 ???????

    Report this comment

    Old Timer

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Ipswich Town managing director Ian Milne

Ipswich Town are in with their best shot at promotion to the Premier League in a decade. STUART WATSON caught up with managing director Ian Milne to discuss plans for next season, the club’s wage bill and how he has very much become a fan.

Ipswich Town managing director Ian Milne

They may not be splashing the cash on transfer fees, but Ipswich Town’s wage bill is very competitive in Championship terms.

Zeki Fryers (right) in action for former club Tottenham

New loan signing Zeki Fryers is hoping to help ‘massive club’ Ipswich Town back into the Premier League.

Paul Taylor, left

Ipswich Town forgotten man Paul Taylor insists Blackburn Rovers is the place he wants to be, labelling the Lancashire club the biggest he has been at.

Jonny Williams celebrates scoring at Sheffield Wednesday earlier this season. Photo: PAGEPIX LTD

Jonny Williams has thanked fans for their ‘special support’ following his return to Ipswich Town for a third spell.

Ipswich Town's Jonny Williams celebrates with the fans after setting up a goal at Brighton this time last year. Photo: PAGEPIX LTD

The moment he silenced the Brighton boo-boys was the moment Ipswich Town supporters fell in love with Jonny Williams.

Jonny Williams, pictured during his loan spell at Ipswich Town earlier this season

Ipswich Town have completed a sensational double swoop moments before the 5pm ‘emergency’ loan deadline – landing Jonny Williams and Zeki Fryers from Crystal Palace.

Kieron Dyer, pictured during his second spell as an Ipswich Town player

Ex-Ipswich Town midfielder Kieron Dyer can’t understand some of the recent criticism aimed at the club. STUART WATSON spoke to him about players, tactics, transfers and more.

Luke Varney (blue) in action against Watford

Ipswich Town have extended the loan deals of striker Luke Varney and midfielder Richard Chaplow until the end of the season.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages