‘Elliott Hewitt had gone backwards,’ says Mick McCarthy
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Mick McCarthy has challenged Elliott Hewitt to come out of the cold and potentially play a crucial role during Ipswich Town’s Christmas campaign.
The Blues boss admitted the teenager’s performance levels dipped after the Wales Under-21 international was dropped following three defeats in the opening four Championship games of the campaign.
Hewitt has since been shipped out to League One Gillingham, having seen centre-back Luke Chambers and, for the win at Blackpool, central midfielder Cole Skuse replace him at right-back.
However, the former Macclesfield defender remains part of McCarthy’s plans and the former Republic of Ireland boss is keeping close tabs on the 19-year-old’s progress.
“He did alright at the start of the season, but I changed the team because we hadn’t won games, despite playing well enough,” said McCarthy, whose side travel to Charlton Athletic at the weekend.
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“He’s gone out to play five, six, seven games and he’ll be better for it. I think he’d gone backwards since dropping out the team with his performances in the Under-21s and in training. Maybe the fact he’d been left out affected him.”
Hewitt’s two games for the Gills have seen the Kent side pick up three points, from a 2-1 victory at Sheffield United and a 1-0 home defeat to Oldham Athletic.
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“Now he’s at a club, he’s playing and I think he shone in a victory up at Sheff United recently – we had a scout and another member of staff there watching,” added McCarthy.
“The message to him is get some games. Hopefully he’ll come back for the Christmas period, if I need him, better for the experience.”