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POLL: Homegrown or loan? Ibrahima Sonko and David Stockdale disagree – but what do you think?

PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 November 2012

Ibrahima Sonko

Ibrahima Sonko

TWO former Ipswich Town players are in disagreement about the influx of loan players at Portman Road.

With Tyrone Barnett becoming the 10th borrowed player of the campaign this week, Ibrahima Sonko echoed the fears of numerous supporters on social networking website Twitter.

The centre-back – now at Turkish top-flight side Akhisar Belediyespor following his release by Town this summer – said: “Too many players on loan at Ipswich. When a player belongs to a club they care more. Give a chance to the young ones like (Luke) Hyam and (Josh) Carson – they love the club and will die for it.”

Recent Blues loanee Richie Wellens said that it was the players contracted to the club that ‘didn’t care enough about losing’ during his time in Suffolk.

And David Stockdale – who played 18 games on loan at Ipswich last season – agrees that the attitude of loan players’ shouldn’t be called into question.

“If you think about it logically, players are sent out on loan because they are not playing,” said the Fulham keeper, speaking exclusively to the EADT and Ipswich Star. “It would be to their detriment if they didn’t play well.

“Keith Andrews came to Ipswich wanting to go to the European Championships with Ireland, Danny Collins was hoping to get a new contract – all loan players have their own agendas and to achieve them they have to play well. It wouldn’t be in their interests to not try.

“I can’t say I’ve ever played alongside a single loan player who has not tried or not cared about losing. Some of them might not work out, but the same can be said of permanent signings too.”

– What do you think? Post your comments below or e-mail: sport@eadt.co.uk

Ipswich Town defender Jonas Knudsen insists he’ll be playing for the fans in Sunday lunchtime’s East Anglian derby against Norwich City at Portman Road (12pm ko).

Ahead of Sunday’s big game, Eastern Daily Press sports reporter DAVID FREEZER brings Town fans up to date with the many changes which have happened across the border at arch rivals Norwich City since last season.

It’s just a matter of days until the East Anglian derby gets underway, watch what Town fans think the outcome will be.

Ipswich Town last won an East Anglian derby back in April 2009, beating Norwich City 3-2 at Portman Road in what turned out to be Jim Magilton’s final game in charge.

The East Anglian derby has a long and rich history of good and bad moments for Ipswich Town fans – but what’s your favourite memory from the fixture?

Norwich City will ‘never, ever be a bigger club than Ipswich Town’, says Blues legend Ray Crawford.

Ipswich Town legend Terry Butcher’s son – former army captain Christopher – has died, it has been reported.

Train operator Greater Anglia is running extra services for the East Anglian derby this weekend.

West Sussex referee Tim Robinson has been put in charge of Sunday’s derby clash at Portman Road.

Former Ipswich Town and Norwich City players have recounted their East Anglian derby memories ahead of Sunday’s clash between the sides at Portman Road.

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