TRANSFER NEWS: Anthony Wordsworth put on the transfer list by Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy, potentially opening the door for ex West Ham man Jack Collison
14:39 21 August 2014
Anthony Wordsworth has been transfer-listed by Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy, potentially opening the door for the signing of former West Ham United midfielder Jack Collison.
Wordsworth took the step up from League One neighbours Colchester United in his stride when McCarthy signed him for £100,000 in January 2013, quickly earning a starting spot only to fracture his back just 35 minutes into his full debut (a 1-0 home win over Blackpool).
Following two months on the sidelines he made a triumphant return to action, coming on and scoring in a 2-1 home defeat to Hull, and went into the summer break looking like he could become a key part of McCarthy’s plans for his first full season in charge.
He was restricted to just seven starts and four substitute appearances last season though, due to reoccurring tonsillitis , underperformed in the 1-1 FA Cup home draw with League One side Preston.
Wordsworth was eventually brought back in from the cold and impressed in a 2-0 win at Brighton, but was immediately dropped, McCarthy stressing that the 25-year-old had to start doing ‘the dirty jobs’.
Another creative spark has left the club as Mick sticks stubbornly to his rigid ‘substance over style’ principles.
I do think Woody deserved more of a chance. As Colchester United reporter for two seasons I witnessed his breakthrough in League One and can say with confidence that he could add some much-needed creativity and goal threat to the Blues midfield.
A ‘lazy’ tag has stuck with him throughout his career because of his languid running style, but that’s unfair. I’ve seen him rattle into some tackles and he’s quick to quote his running statistics. McCarthy makes up his minds on players very quickly though and it takes a lot to change those opinions. If you’re in, you’re in. If you’re out, you’re out.
I get the feeling that should progress slow down and the Blues bob around in mid-table then there could be some growing discontent over perceived negative tactics on the horizon.
Of course, Jack Collison – or a Premier League loanee – could still arrive, be a huge success and dampen the debate. And keep an eye out for summer signing Kevin Bru too. From my limited viewings, he does look like a player who could add a bit of vision and craft to the midfield when fully fit and firing.
– Stuart Watson, Chief Football Writer
The frustrated midfielder made public that he was ‘deeply hurt’, quoted his running statistics and insisted he was determined to prove his boss wrong.
He scored at Watford towards the back end of last season, got a late winner at Southend in pre-season, impressed in the Capital One Cup defeat at Crawley recently, but lost his place on the bench for Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw at Birmingham – summer signing Kevin Bru preferred as the central midfield back-up to Cole Skuse and Luke Hyam. “I have spoken to Woody and he’s available now to go out on loan or to join a club permanently,” McCarthy told the club website. “He needs to be out there playing games.”
With strikers Jack Marriott and Paul Taylor out on loan at Carlisle and Rotherham respectively, and fellow front man Frank Nouble also transfer-listed, the Blues squad has essentially been reduced to 20 first team players with some recent academy graduates acting as back-up.
Versatile midfielder Jack Collison, 25, has been training with the Blues and played for the Under-21s at Lowestoft on Tuesday night. The former West Ham man – capped 17 times by Wales – has struggled with knee problems throughout his career and recently had a trial at newly-promoted Premier League club QPR.
McCarthy has been impressed by the way he has trained, but is likely to want to see him in action. Collison, should the league allow, is set to play for the Under-21s in their league opener against Swansea at Playford Road on Monday.
Meanwhile, McCarthy has revealed that former Blue, Darren Ambrose, is training with the club.
“It’s not a trial or anything like that,” said the Blues boss. “It’s just like Jack Collison who is also with us. Darren asked if he can train with us. We’re happy to let him do that but it’s no more than that.”
Ambrose, who came to the end of his contract at Birmingham in the summer, was recently training with Colchester and Blackpool.