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Teddy Bishop must do more to get back in team, says Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy

06:00 17 February 2017

Teddy Bishop has had a disappointing season

Teddy Bishop has had a disappointing season

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Mick McCarthy says Teddy Bishop needs to put in more effort to win back his first-team spot at Portman Road.

The 20-year-old burst onto the scene during the 2014-15 season and played a key role in the Blues’ march to the play-off semi-finals.

However, the midfielder has been dogged by injury ever since, making just eight starts since May 2015.

Bishop’s ability has seen him linked with a Premier League move, but McCarthy says talent alone will not guarantee him a place – the youngster having been left out of the last two matchday squads.

“He didn’t have a day off on Wednesday (after Brighton), fair play to him,” said McCarthy.

“He came in and did extra work, he did it today (yesterday) and that’s the only way he is going to get back in (the squad).

“That the same with everybody, they’re good players but they have got to do that little bit extra.”

Bishop has been sidelined this season, with nose and ankle injuries, but is now injury-free.

“I am going to give him a slight window of opportunity, an excuse, because when you have had the injuries, what you don’t want to do is over-train and get injured again,” McCarthy explained.

“But you have got to strike that happy balance; ‘Am I over-training or do I need to that bit extra than the lads that have played for 30 games’. They are battle-hardened and can tolerate it

“He is a wonderful talent and I want him back in the team and I am sure he does himself.

McCarthy could be without skipper Luke Chambers (cracked rib) tomorrow, and will definitely be missing the talents of Jonny Williams (shoulder) and Tom Lawrence (suspended).

They have become fans’ favourites in recent times, just like Bishop did when he first emerged.

“He (Bishop) has had the adulation when he has been playing,” McCarthy said.

“It is two years ago that he played Middlesbrough and ripped them apart and Aitor Karanka was waxing lyrical about him like everyone else.”

On getting back in the team, McCarthy added: “It’s made it harder still for him as Toums (Toumani Diagouraga) and Emyr Huws have come in, and Grant Ward has been excellent.

“It’s a challenge for him and he’s got to scrap it out.”

5 comments

  • I was listening to an interview with the Chairman of Huddersfield. What a breath of fresh air. They care for the fans and their spending is the lowest in the League and look where they are. They may or may not get promoted, but it just goes to show what a well run club can achieve. It has taken a call for the Managers head to persuade McCarthy to start playing decent football, although I noticed Douglas creeping back in again. Yes, fans do want success and whilst no one expects it by right to see some sort of improvement doesn't ask for too much. We have all seen the 5 point plan. It would be nice to know when this came into being, when it is hoped for fruition of this plan and when we will see the Manager being shown what the plan is. As he's clearly not seen it yet. Maybe the next Manager will ?

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    whymarkmariner

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • To be fair Totally Bored has any manager been able to develop the natural talent of Hensall and Stewart? Mings certainly developed under MM, Bishop to a certain extent but injuries have held him back. Even older players like Murphy improved and developed under Mm. Kenlock and Emmanuel also seem to be progressing nicely. Colonel Colchester by stating it's like watching WW1 football you obviously haven't seen any of Towns recent performances.

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    Suffolk_Punch

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • To be fair Totally Bored has any manager been able to develop the natural talent of Hensall and Stewart? Mings certainly developed under MM, Bishop to a certain extent but injuries have held him back. Even older players like Murphy improved and developed under Mm. Kenlock and Emmanuel also seem to be progressing nicely. Colonel Colchester by stating it's like watching WW1 football you obviously haven't seen any of Towns recent performances.

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    Suffolk_Punch

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Totally agree Colonel Chester, MM does not seem great at nurturing natural talent. In more recent times Roy Keane said of Jordan Rhodes that at the time of his sale they looked at what he couldn't do rather than what he could do. Tommy Ore was never given a decent chance which I think was a big mistake. He also never managed to develop the natural talent of Henshall and Stewart. No doubt MM will keep us in the Championship but I can't see he has the ambition for anything more than this.

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    Totally-Bored

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • It makes me wonder what doing more actually entails, given some of the players starting every game and putting in very lacklustre performances. And when will MM learn that you can't play someone out of position for months, thinking especially of Sears as strikers depend on chances and goals to keep sharp, then give them an odd game in their preferred position and drop them when it doesn't quite happen. Apart from the faintly amusing thought of some kind of system of dressing room favours for getting in the team, my only conclusion is that he means Teddy Bishop spends far too much time getting into good advanced positions and passing forwards. The fact that he is surrounded by unambitiousdefensive players and hardly gets the ball and when he does pass it forwards he gets shouted at by everyone if we lose possession, means that he looks half the player he really is. Other clubs can see that and still want him. All that MM seems to want is someone who steams in to the opposition when they are in possession and passes back to his goalie or centre half to hoof it back over the top. It's like watching 1st world war football. Why on earth do we persevere with this rude dinosaur ruining people's careers and our club? Is it really the type of football we have to play to survive in this division without spending big money? Others seem to manage! Could I implore the EADT to do a proper investigation into ITFC's accounts and publish their own estimate of the figure that Marcus Evans puts in each season?

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    ColonelChester

    Friday, February 17, 2017

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