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McCarthy glad people aren’t just talking about Jonny Williams

06:00 12 November 2014

Jonny Williams limps off the field in agony during Saturday

Jonny Williams limps off the field in agony during Saturday's 1-0 home win over Watford. Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown.

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Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy is glad that loanee Jonny Williams is no longer viewed as the team’s star man.

The 21-year-old bore a heavy burden when it came to adding flair and creativity to a largely workmanlike and functional outfit during his impressive first spell at the club towards the back end of last season.

He has been just one piece in an impressive jigsaw during his second temporary switch from Crystal Palace though, marauding left-back Tyrone Mings making giants strides of progress, skilful teenager Teddy Bishop emerging from the academy, summer signing Kevin Bru looking a real find, Daryl Murphy finding the net regularly and David McGoldrick getting back to his best following a lengthy injury lay-off.

All of the above makes the fact that Williams is now facing up to a month on the sidelines far less of a blow than it would have been not so long ago.

“Isn’t it nice that it’s not Jonny Williams who is getting spoken about now,” said McCarthy, whose side are fourth in the Championship table with more than a third of the campaign gone, following successive wins against Blackpool, Wolves and Watford.

“It’s Tyrone Mings, Teddy Bishop, the two centre forwards (Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick).

“That’s what I like about a team, when you’ve got a number of them where people are saying ‘wow, you’ve got a good player there’.

“As much as I love Jonny Williams, he’s not my player and is probably never ever going to be my player. It’s nice that it’s our players who are being spoken about.”

Williams was forced to withdraw from the Wales squad on Monday, ahead of their European Championship qualifier against Belgium, after he suffered a thigh injury during Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Watford.

The midfielder, who had missed the previous three matches with calf and ankle problems, limped off after once again finding himself on the end of some rough treatment. It was Joel Ekstrand’s reckless lunge which ended his match, the defender booked for a foul McCarthy called ‘cold, cynical and dangerous’.

It’s been reported that Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock had been preparing to recall Williams, the south London club having claimed just one point from their last five Premier League fixtures.

13 comments

  • Tel, what are you so desperate to prove, the situation is simple, if itfc gain promotion then you can call me, if ME makes a reasonable INVESTMENT then you can call me, if you ask me a specific question which I do not answer then you can call me. So stop refering to points that you or I cannot prove. Ask me the question that is concerning me and I will respond but you need to accept it is only my opinion which I am entitlede to.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, November 14, 2014

  • Now we can all see Cyrils' contradictory thinking. On the one hand, he says he is happy for people to make their own minds up, and then complains when they do.

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    tel

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • The trouble is Cyril, you suggest all these things but deny actually saying it. Proving it is irrelevant, TrueBlue is 100% correct.

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    tel

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • Excllent Cyril, given 99.9% of this forum has been calling you on it for weeks we can assume that my the Jury of peers I am indeed correct (again!). I only poke my head round the door once in a while and yet still with about 2 seconds though I seem to be able to single handedly dismimss any statement you ever make, that must be embaressing now?

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    TrueBlue

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • Staidtastic, very strange comment, if you are not interested why comment on every entry I make, and true blue there is little point in "yes you did, no I didnt" arguments when neither party can prove their claim. I however am quite happy for other readers to decide for themselves what I have and have not said.

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    Cyril Baker

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • Bru has been better recently (crawley) after terrible start to town career. Not a bad player to have on bench tho with hyam and bishop our first choice central midfielders (hopefully) now williams injured.

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    Staidtastic

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

  • Staggered at Staidtastic saying Bru is lightweight. Anything but as his energy etc has been surprising. We dont want him crunching into tackles etc. He has more to his game than that so let others do the crunching if necessary.

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    bristan

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

  • @cyril no ones interested in your silly little imaginary arguments. Yawn!!

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    Staidtastic

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

  • Williams has been like a breathe of fresh air with his darting runs, but he does seem to get targeted by the hatchet men, he's not physically tough, but he needs to learn to hit his opponents as hard as they hit him. Kevin Bru seems to be a real find, lovely first touch, good eye for a pass, and seems to read the game the well, of course he needs to do this over a long period of time

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    jungle boy

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

  • redhotitfc, just catching up as my broadband has been down. I just want to let you know I fully understand why you did not respond to my question as when it comes to telling the truth you have a problem. All my predictions are still possible although not quite as strong

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

  • redhotitfc, just catching up as my broadband has been down. I just want to let you know I fully understand why you did not respond to my question as when it comes to telling the truth you have a problem. All my predictions are still possible although not quite as strong

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

  • Dreadful challenge, i saw it quite well from the North stand. Williams got to the ball first and the defender hacked him down on purpose. Hopefully we will get a few more games out of Williams before he goes back in January and maybe he will be back after Jan; but i think Teddy Bishop has got his work cut out now. I must admit this "real find" in Kevin Bru i am not that impressed with; a bit lightweight in my opinion. He does have a nice touch i guess, and he did contribute to the goal on saturday but the juries out on him in Staidtastics opinion.

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    Staidtastic

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

  • Yes it certainly is nice that other members of the squad are being talked about, because it is a squad that will bring ITFC success if success is to be achieved. Lets just hope that once the transfer window closes in January 2015 that they are all still on the books with ITFC along with whoever MM wants added to put in a push for promotion. We all know money talks but if ME has ambitions to have ITFC as part of the best league in the world then all offers need to be refused.

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    Kingfisher

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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