Bringing Tyrone Mings back on loan would be ‘counter-productive’, says Mick McCarthy

Tyrone Mings

Tyrone Mings - Credit: PA

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says bringing Tyrone Mings back to the club on loan would be counter-productive.

There were national reports recently that the left-back – who was bought from non-league club Chippenham Town for just £10k in 2012 and then sold to Premier League club Bournemouth for £8.1m less than three years later – could return to Portman Road on a temporary basis this season.

The 23-year-old suffered torn anterior and medial ligaments in his knee just six minutes into his top-flight debut last August and he has subsequently twice undergone surgery – the latest of which was in April.

‘Emergency’ loans have been scrapped for this season, meaning Football League clubs can now no longer sign players on a short-term basis in-between the summer and winter transfer windows – it’s either half-season or full-season deals.

“I don’t know if Tyrone mooted that because he sees that he’s probably unlikely to get in there (at Bournemouth) and so he might have said ‘maybe I can go back to play at Ipswich?’,” said McCarthy.


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“Well, that’s a nice thought, but I have got a left-back who has done really well. Taking one on loan when Jonas (Knudsen) really was excellent last year would be counter-productive for the players I have got.

“Myles Kenlock was also excellent in the last two games of last season – against Derby I thought he was terrific.

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“So that one (taking Mings on loan) is unlikely. He’s not going to be fit until December anyway, I think.”

McCarthy has made just two summer additions so far, bringing in centre-back Adam Webster from Portsmouth (£700k plus Matt Clarke) and signing former Barnsley loanee Paul Digby on a free transfer.

He desperately needs to add wingers to his squad, but played his cards typically close to his chest when asked about this newspaper’s story regarding interest in his former Wolves favourite Michael Kightly, the 30-year-old now in the final year of his deal at Burnley.

“The thing is, as soon as I say I haven’t got any wingers and that I’d like some wingers then anybody who is anybody that is available, or who might be available, will get linked with us – especially my ex-players,” said McCarthy.

“As you know, I wouldn’t comment – whether it’s right or wrong.”

The Blues boss did confirm that he would like Arsenal teenager Ainsley Maitland-Niles back on loan this season.

“That will be down to him,” said McCarthy. “I think he’ll be a better player this year for the 12 months he had in the Championship. We all saw what a good player he was in the first half of last season, but then I think he ran out of gas and found it tough.

“It’s up to him and his representatives, I guess. I think Arsenal would be more than happy for him to come back here.”

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