Cole Skuse: I know I’m never going to be a fans’ favourite
Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse is happy manager Mick McCarthy has kept faith in him because he knows he’s never going to be a ‘fans’ favourite’.
The 28-year-old has played every game he’s been available for since arriving on a free transfer from Bristol City a year-and-a-half ago. Heralded as a ‘players’ player’ who breaks up play, makes interceptions and keeps possession ticking over, much of his work is carried out deep.
A failure to score in 58 starts for the club, having scored just nine times in nine seasons for the Robins, therefore does not worry him too much.
“It doesn’t bother me in the slightest,” he said, speaking ahead of Town’s televised Championship clash at Charlton this lunchtime (12.15pm).
“If I had been at Bristol City and scored 20 goals one season, 15 the next, 22 the next, then come here and not scored for 18 months it would be different – I’d be upset with myself.
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“The manager has been in my ear saying ‘you should be getting five or six a season with the way you finish’. In training, I’m not going to blow my own trumpet too much, but I probably am one of the better finishers.
“I’m not going to beat myself up or lose sleep over it though. As long as the team is doing well that’s the main thing.”
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He added: “I’m never going to be a player that’s going to grab loads of headlines for doing spectacular things. I go about my business quietly and maybe do things that people don’t see. I know I’m never going to be a fans’ favourite, so to speak.
“The manager has put his faith in me though, he obviously sees something I’m doing right for the team and has put me straight back in. That’s massively appreciated.”
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