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Ipswich Town’s shrewd summer business is done ahead of today’s 6pm deadline

06:00 01 September 2015

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While other Championship clubs scramble around for some last minute additions before today’s 6pm transfer deadline, Ipswich Town will be content that they have completed their shrewd summer business.

Blues boss Mick McCarthy has once again strengthened his squad whilst turning a profit in the market, the final pieces in the jigsaw added at the end of last week in Polish defender Piotr Malarczyk and Australian winger Tommy Oar.

A first team squad number of 23 has been reached, with the Blues having two players of similar quality now for every position. And below that there are several top young prospects keeping everyone on their toes.

Bartosz Bialkowski, Christophe Berra, Jonathan Parr, Kevin Bru, Teddy Bishop, Luke Hyam and Daryl Murphy have all been unavailable at various stages in the opening month of the campaign, yet Town still sit third in the Championship table and have a Capital One Cup third round match at Manchester United to look forward to heading into the international break.

Having arrived during a dark period for the club in November 2012, McCarthy took the team back to basics, slowly built a solid base and has now added a sprinkling of star dust.

Owner Marcus Evans, who has kept faith in his convictions, has ignored any calls for him to spend millions in transfer fees and instead tied down key players to long-term contracts. Loan fees, new players’ wages and continued investment in the academy won’t have come cheap either.

McCarthy’s unsung support staff deserve a great deal of credit too.

Director of football Dave Bowman and head of performance analyst Jordan Miles have led the scouting operation, the former using his wealth of contacts and the latter going through hours of highlights reels trying to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Assistant manager Terry Connor twice flew over to Norway to watch left-back Jonas Knudsen in action before he was signed from Esbjerg, while Under-21s boss Mark Kennedy did the same with Malarczyk in Poland.

There’s a healthy mix of experience and youth, functional and fancy players, with plenty of leaders among them.

One thing they all have in common is that, be they homegrown, domestic recruits or from abroad, all have a point to prove at various stages of their careers.

Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat to Brighton may have been disappointing, but there is still plenty to be encouraged by.


  • Cyril. Players of this age cannot be transferred or sold. It is totally the choice of the player parent - guardian and Ipswich have no say in the matter. The money is compensation for us for time spent on the player and is a set fee by the FA.

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    Craig Warr

    Sunday, September 6, 2015

  • Ainsley m Niles, another arsenal loanee in the mold of jet, remember him. The great hope, I don't think. No cover for Berra is criminal. I sometimes wonder where mick is looking at.

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    Wednesday, September 2, 2015

  • It's all about getting the balance right,and MM has done just that.When you have a set wage structure at a club that is we assume acceptable to the players what is the point in spending millions on a player who may or may not be any better than we already have and rocking the boat with a high wage.We have only played five game and already have ten points,ok we could have had thirteen but with 41 games still to go I don't see a problem.Cyril,I cannot see how getting rid of one player can de pleat a team.It's possible there may be add on's in the future,who know's.

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    Daniel James

    Wednesday, September 2, 2015

  • Although I am suprised at the number of new players we seem to have for this campaign, we need to look at the 3 promoted teams from last season and take note that each brought 1 or 2 quality players into positions where they had been lacking previously. Perhaps a decent Premiership loanee is coming??

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    Chopper Hammond

    Tuesday, September 1, 2015

  • Well somebody has obviously missed the fact that our strong acadamey has neen somewhat depleated this week my the sale to Arsenal of Harry CLARKE for a mere £100,000.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, September 1, 2015

  • I'm with Mr Pleb here. I still don't really understand why supporters have been calling for the club to spend big money on players. The club already tried that and it got us nowhere. Mick's spent not a huge amount on transfers since he joined us and yet we're still a force to be reckoned with. I've really been enjoying being a supporter the last couple of seasons, long may it continue. Up the town!

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    Tuesday, September 1, 2015

  • Someone else is going to pay 10 million for fat boy mcormack?? Ha ha ridiculous. Mick has made a couple of decent additions over summer for a fraction of that Pitman, Knudson and loanee Fraser are quality. Douglas has been a bit poor but decent cover. We will be in a good position when all the injured players return it's good stuff. And anyway people who know about football realise the odd multi million pound signings here and there do not guarantee results the players need to be a team who play for each other then the whole can out perform the sum of its parts that's always been the town way anyway that and a strong academy. Speaking of which we need Bishop back asap and gutted hyam is out for so long..

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    Tuesday, September 1, 2015

  • Although I agree we shouldn't be held to ransom nor bid silly money for players, spending a modest amount on fees wouldn't have gone amiss. Some of our Shrewd deals are just that, but some are unproven or already looking like below average signings such as Giles Coke. We needed three quality signings this Summer: a goalkeeper, proper right back and an attack minded goal scoring central midfielder. None of these positions have been addressed with the latter likely to cost a significant amount of money. Hence I Guess why we haven't signed that quality. The likes of Coke and Toure won't get you promoted. Whilst Oar, the polish fella may or may not. I think the signings have been decent on the whole, but lacking that real quality in some key areas. Fraser, Niles and Pitman are excellent signings. The rest are average or have potential.

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    Tuesday, September 1, 2015

  • To a certain extent, sticking up for MM on the transfer front. These teams bidding 2 million, 10-12 million if MM had bid that sort of money the question would have been asked "Why are we paying that sort of money for so n so at his age" Every player has their price, like Tyrone. It was an exceptional piece of business. It may be that the defence have to be jiggled if they keep conceeding stupid goals. I think out of our two keepers Bart is marginally better, although I wouldn't put my bank account on either of them keeping a clean sheet. It just shows how important a keeper is to a team when watching Man Utd yesterday, I thought if De Gea had been in goal he would have saved both of Swansea's goals. On the whole I am satisfied with MM's dealings. He's bought in experience and youth, but I think it might take a couple of months to sort out his best eleven.

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    Tuesday, September 1, 2015

  • I still think we need a better goalkeeper.

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    Peter Buck

    Tuesday, September 1, 2015

  • Good overall assessment in fairness. The thing that baffles me is the likes of Bristol City and now Sheff Weds bidding £10 million odd on players. The later trying to buy McCormack from Fulham for £10 -£12 million. See Richard Stearman has joined Fulham from Wolves for £2 million, would have thought given his MM connection and past loan spell he could have been a useful addition to our defence. Too much dosh I guess.

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    Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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