Ipswich Town stars should stay put, says Bryan Hamilton
06:00 11 December 2014
Copyright Ashley Pickering
Former Ipswich Town midfielder Bryan Hamilton has urged the Blues’ prize assets to resist temptation should the Premier League vultures come circling in the January transfer window.
There’s no suggestion that Town owner Marcus Evans would give in to big-money offers for players like Tyrone Mings and David McGoldrick, especially having rejected multi-million pound bids in August from Crystal Palace and Leicester respectively.
Mings claimed not to be fazed by the Eagles’ interest and has since been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea, while McGoldrick raised his profile by starring on his Republic of Ireland debut last month.
Town’s lofty position has proved the Blues have players capable of featuring in the top-flight, but Hamilton believes staying at Portman Road could turn their dreams into reality.
“I don’t think anyone will be going anywhere and I would be telling the players that this is a great opportunity for all the squad and they just have to keep believing in what they are doing,” said the Northern Irishman, who also had a spell as assistant manager at Portman Road. “They are playing in a top-two side that looks capable of winning promotion and I would say if people want them in January, they will still want them in June.
“You only need to look at certain players that left the club in the past who did not blossom.
“The timing is crucial when you are looking at leaving a football club for a bigger arena.
“There will be certain players in a promotion side that get courted by Premier League clubs and if they are interested in a big move, then you have to respect that as well.
“But the players are playing in a good place, performing well, winning matches and confidence is high at the moment.
“They need to enjoy it all and if they win promotion, their standing will go up as a result.”