max temp: 13°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Mick McCarthy admits he is “still looking” at loan deals after praising Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong

12:28 16 November 2012

Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy


MICK McCarthy has admitted he is considering re-entering the loan market before it closes next week.


And while Richie Wellens remains a top target after his successful one-month loan spell, McCarthy has heaped praise on young Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong.

The 20-year this week declared he wanted to go out on loan as he bides his time at the Emirates Stadium and we understand McCarthy has made initial contact with the Premier League side.

But Frimpong, who also attracted the interest of Wolves, might have to wait for McCarthy to get a firm decision over Wellens, who ironically could line up against Town for parent club Leicester City tomorrow.

That gives McCarthy an ideal chance to speak to Foxes boss Nigel Pearson before the loan window closes at the end of next week.

McCarthy said: “I think Richie wants to see if he can get into the Leicester side first – and I don’t blame him. It is a long trek to Ipswich when you have a wife and young kids.

“We would all want to play for the team where we are living rather than being out on loan, and he is no different. I will know more when I speak to Nigel tomorrow.”

Wellens admitted to this newspaper that he would jump at the chance of returning to Portman Road if he found first-team chances at Leicester difficult to come by.

But Pearson is likely to try and keep his experienced midfielder – meaning McCarthy might have to look at other options.

Frimpong will be on that list after the midfielder enjoyed a short-lived loan deal with him at Wolves and the Town boss, in turn, praised him during this morning’s press conference.

While not directly commenting on the speculation, McCarthy said: “I admire Manny – he’s a really good player. I had him at Wolves, he was excellent, and then he did his cruciate at QPR. He is a player that I really like.

“I’m still looking. I don’t think we’ve got the strongest squad – hence taking Kelly Youga who has been out for a long time. We’ve lost Richie, for now. Whether that happens again or not I don’t know. If it doesn’t then I’ll be looking for someone else.”

McCarthy also admitted Town, who currently have seven loanees in their squad, might have one or two players going out on loan in the next week with Nathan Ellington closing in on a move to League One strugglers Scunthorpe United.


1 comment

  • In Out, In Out, In Out, In Out.... no wonder Town got themselves a rowing coach.

    Report this comment

    Rob Steroo

    Friday, November 16, 2012

Matt Clarke, right. Photo: The Portsmouth News/Joe Pepler

Ipswich Town legend Ray Crawford has hailed young Blues loanee Matt Clarke’s contribution at Portsmouth, following the teenager’s summer loan switch to the League Two promotion hopefuls.

Ipswich Town's current back four, Jonas Knudsen, Luke Chambers, Tommy Smith and Christophe Berra

Former Ipswich Town hero Kevin Beattie has called for the Blues’ defence to get back to basics, but believes Mick McCarthy’s men can still reach the Championship’s top-two.

Tommy Oar

With Mick McCarthy threatening to shake up his under-performing Blues, Australian winger Tommy Oar is likely to come into contention to make his league bow at Portman Road.

Neil Warnock has back Mick McCarthy to get Ipswich promoted

Veteran manager Neil Warnock has backed Mick McCarthy to bring success to Portman Road – but believes the Blues may need to strengthen in the January transfer window for it to happen.

Ipswich Town v Stevenage
Capital One Cup First Round.Josh Yorwerth scores  for Town .

Josh Yorwerth can take his second chance at making it as a Championship centre-back with both hands.

David McGoldrick applauds the fans after Town's 5-1 loss at Reading

The Blues have slipped from top at the end of August to their current 12th position, but what’s going wrong at Portman Road? Sports writer Chris Brammer is here to answer your questions from midday on Wednesday.

Cole Skuse at Ewood Park on Saturday

Cole Skuse has admitted Ipswich Town aren’t hitting their targets at the moment, following the latest episode in their worrying slide down the Championship table.

Josh Yorwerth was part of the Crawley side which lost at Plymouth

Josh Yorwerth and Matt Clarke both played 90 minutes as loan clubs Crawley and Portsmouth both failed to earn victories in League Two on Saturday.

Larsen Toure and Luke Chambers conspire to concede a first half penalty at Blackburn bringing down Hope Akpan

Will Ridgard dissects Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Blackburn, where Ipswich Town’s slide continued heading into the international break.

Cole Skuse battles during the second half at Ewood Park

All the goals from Ipswich Town’s 2-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages