Conor Sammon will find his goalscoring touch with Ipswich Town, insists Mick McCarthy
Conor Sammon will find his goalscoring touch with Ipswich Town.
So says Blues boss Mick McCarthy after the 27-year-old striker – recently signed on a season-long loan from Derby County – made his debut as a late substitute in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Reading.
Sammon scored just 28 goals in 180 league games for Kilmarnock, Wigan and the Rams, although almost half of those appearances came off the bench.
Indeed, in recent years the nine-cap Republic of Ireland international has become the man that teams call upon from the bench to help see games out with his non-stop running and physicality, fulfilling that role 34 times last season as Derby finished third and narrowly lost out to QPR in the Championship Play-Off Final.
“He will be a good player for us – I’m delighted to have got him,” said McCarthy, whose side travel to Birmingham City tomorrow before hosting East Anglian rivals Norwich City at Portman Road on Saturday.
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“I actually think the way we play will suit him. I think he’ll get goals with us. I think at Derby it’s different, they’ve got your man (Chris Martin) that can play with his back to goal better than Conor. He’ll give us plenty, that’s for sure.”
Sammon could well start at St Andrew’s tomorrow night, with David McGoldrick looking short of match fitness on his first competitive start in almost six months at the weekend and Daryl Murphy having a quiet afternoon by his standards.
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With Hungarian front man Balint Bajner having also been recruited this summer, and academy graduate Jack Marriott promoted to the first team fold, it’s understood that Frank Nouble could be set to follow Paul Taylor (on loan at Rotherham) out of Portman Road in the coming weeks.
“Conor is somebody I have liked for a while,” said McCarthy. “You never just sign somebody you have seen a week before – there is always a mutual respect.
“He’s a really good person as well, which fits into our squad. I believe, even before me, Paul (Jewell) was looking at him. He’s finally ended up here, let’s hope he’s a success for us.
“I like players who don’t give their opponent any peace at all – whether that’s a full-back, a winger, a centre-midfielder or a striker. What’s not to like about that?”