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Five potential loan targets for Ipswich Town

09:00 11 February 2016

Mick McCarthy with assistant Terry Connor

Mick McCarthy with assistant Terry Connor

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Ipswich Town are once again looking to the loan market. Stuart Watson profiles some of the Premier League starlets they could turn to over the coming days.

Manchester City's Brandon BarkerManchester City's Brandon Barker

Brandon Barker - Age: 19 - Club: Man City - Position: Winger

Has been at Man City since the age of eight, was named their best academy player in 2014 and signed a five-year deal last summer.

Highly-thought of at the Etihad Stadium, Barker was an unused substitute on several occasions in the opening months of this season and, in November, was loaned to Championship club Rotherham.

His debut ended in a 5-2 home defeat against Ipswich, but the teenager caught the eye with his impressive movement, technical ability and a cracking long-range consolation strike. Head-scratchingly, the youngster made just three more appearances for the Millers – all brief cameo displays – and was recalled in December.

The England Under-20 international’s stock rose earlier this month when he scored one and assisted two in an Under-21 win at Liverpool.

West Ham United's Reece OxfordWest Ham United's Reece Oxford

Reece Oxford - Age: 17 - Club: West Ham - Position: Midfield

Joined the Hammers at the age of 12 and consistently played above his age group in the academy. Featured on the first team bench at the age of 15.

Became West Ham’s youngest-ever player when he made his debut in a Europa League game in July 2015, then made national headlines the following month with a man-of-the-match display in a 2-0 win at Arsenal on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

He’s made just one start and three substitute appearances since then though and now looks set for a loan spell in the Championship.

A temporary switch to Charlton had been agreed last month, but the move fell through after Addicks boss Jose Riga told his board he didn’t know enough about the player.

Liverpool's Sheyi OjoLiverpool's Sheyi Ojo

Sheyi Ojo - Age: 18 - Club: Liverpool - Position: Winger

A flying winger whose family have Nigerian roots, Ojo started out at MK Dons and, at the age of 14, had several big clubs all fighting for his signature. Liverpool reportedly ended up paying £2m for his signature.

Capped by England from Under-16 to Under-19 level, Ojo spent the back end of last season on loan at Wigan and the first half of this season on loan at Wolves.

He had been due to be at Molineux for the entire campaign but, after making seven starts and 12 substitute appearances, he was recalled in January and recently featured in FA Cup ties against Exeter and West Ham. With Jurgen Klopp’s side knocked out of the competition this week he could be loaned out again.

The same applies to Portuguese attacking midfielder Joao Teixeira, the 23-year-old who enjoyed an impressive loan spell at Brighton last season where he memorably bamboozled Ipswich all night and scored twice in a 3-2 win at The Amex Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur's Josh OnomahTottenham Hotspur's Josh Onomah

Josh Onomah - Age: 18 - Club: Tottenham - Position: Midfielder

The Spurs academy product, another who has been capped by England at various youth levels, has been in and around the first team for 18 months now.

This season he’s made six substitute appearances in the Premier League, one start and two sub appearances in the FA Cup and one start and three sub appearances in the Europa League.

An exciting player who likes to run at defenders in the final third, Onomah signed a new long-term deal at White Hart Lane earlier this month.

Town have close links with Tottenham as academy director Bryan Klug used to work for the London club. Spurs are still in the three competitions though and Mauricio Pochettino may be reluctant to loan anyone out just yet.

West Bromwich Albion's Serge GnabryWest Bromwich Albion's Serge Gnabry

Serge Gnabry - Age: 20 - Club: Arsenal - Position: Winger

Born in Stuttgart to an Ivorian father and German mother, Gnabry was a talented sprinter who chose football over athletics.

Arsenal paid Stuttgart £100,000 to sign him as a 16-year-old and he became the club’s third-youngest Premier League player in October 2012.

Earned a new five-year deal with some impressive displays but was then ruled out for most of last season through injury.

Was loaned to West Brom at the start of this campaign but was recalled by Arsene Wenger in January due to his lack of match action.

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  • IF....this season slowly dies a frustrating, lingering death for Ipswich Town FC then once again we can blame it on a lack of investment for quality players. Sheffield Wednesday are finishing strongly and have signed Evertons "McGready" to challenge for the playoffs. We got £8 million for Mings and we should of bought in one or two players to help our quest to go up. Evans is running a tight ship and probably content with remaining in the Championship. Mick McCarthy is keeping his job because he does not spend . It is a shame really as there is £90 million waiting for every Premiership club next season. Ho Hum.

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    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Think john smyth is not being honest because the email address he is useing is not john smyths.

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    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • @John smyth is a norwich fan and its very sad he has to comment on itfc story's. Maybe his norfolk family are real life trolls.

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    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Poor old poop pundit again showing his ignorance of youth player development . Good coaching can give any player good technique, but you can't coach the mental strength needed to keep that technique under match pressure. 99.99 % of players fail here. Unfortunately there is no way of knowing until that stage whether the player will kick on.

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    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Pundit - I seem to remember that we were told that once that nasty Mr Keane had gone & we managed to get that nice Mr Klug back our academy would again flourish. If there really are none of our youngsters that merit at least a try rather than more loanees then this really is a sad indictment of our academy - after all how difficult can it be to hoof the ball upfield every time you get it. ??????? Also just how many promising youngsters have we got from Spurs because of Klugs much heralded 'link' to them. As regards Onomah he is making regular substitute appearances for Tottenham & as such why would he want to take his inevitable place on our bench. ??????

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    Old Timer

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Thank you Pundit - couldn't have put it better myself. Long may you keep commenting.

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    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • ''once you pop you can't stop'' LOL!!! even the EADT are trolling 1p5wich towns loan philosophy

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    john smyth

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • The butthurt is strong in pundit.

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    Peter Bland

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Too little too late by MM and ME I'm afraid. The latest injury set-back is the final nail in the coffin for a hap-hazard and half-hearted promotion push which deserves to fail due to lack of investment. Clean slate reqd at the club with a new manager and possibly a fan-led consortium to bring some pride back.

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    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Here's a challenge for lazy EADT hacks. Instead of trawling through cast-offs, rejects and unwanted wannabes, why not pop down to Playford Road and see who might benefit from a sniff of a chance in the first team? And if there genuinely is nobody, then this is disgraceful and surely newsworthy - a damning and vivid illustration of the inept coaching standards that are allowed to go through the motions in the offshore investment era. Every year at season ticket time the man I the cheap suit trots out cheap sound bites about the fabled academy. Yet apart from the occasional risible loan signalling the beginning of the end of a once-promising career, nothing is ever heard of the conveyor belt of disappointment and ruined dreams that is Town's academy. In truth this has been misfiring for 15 years and goes a long way to explaining Town's decline to Bournemouth feeder club status.

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    Thursday, February 11, 2016

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