Have faith in Frank Nouble – Daryl Murphy’s plea to Ipswich Town supporters
- Credit: Archant
Ipswich Town supporters should have patience with Frank Nouble.
So says his strike-partner, Daryl Murphy, ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Birmingham City to Portman Road.
Murphy has partnered David McGoldrick up front for much of the campaign, but the latter – topscorer with 16 goals – has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, and it was Nouble who was selected as his replacement for last weekend’s 3-0 defeat at Championship table-toppers Leicester.
The powerful 22-year-old – a £25,000 bargain-buy from Wolves last January – has always played with real energy and commitment for the Blues, but in a poll held by this website earlier in the week he gained just 9% of the vote when supporters were asked who they would like to see play alongside Murphy up front.
When it was put to Murphy that Nouble has come in for some criticism, he replied: “I’ve heard that, but it’s hard on players when you’re getting on the pitch for 15/20 minutes and expected to make an impact.
You may also want to watch:
“People don’t understand that you do need a run of games to get your fitness levels up and to get your confidence up and just to improve your game really. He’s not had that.”
Nouble’s raw physical attributes are there for everybody to see, the 22-year-old former England youth-team international having been on the books of both Chelsea and West Ham in the past. A series of short-term loan spells did little to aid his development though and Blues boss Mick McCarthy believes a run in the side could help polish a rough diamond.
- 1 Matchday Recap: All-square as Town and U's share six goals
- 2 Town complete ninth signing as Edmundson joins from Scottish giants
- 3 Colchester town centre streets closed following concern over child
- 4 Family creates 50 new jobs by reviving two Suffolk pubs
- 5 Teenage girl allegedly raped on village recreation ground, court hears
- 6 Man dies after lorry crashes into trees
- 7 Town complete Chaplin deal as Barnsley forward becomes signing No.10
- 8 'The people of West Suffolk deserve better': Vote of no confidence for Hancock
- 9 Colchester United 3 Ipswich Town 3: Burns' late strike levels it for Town
- 10 'Amazing' - Joy as port welcomes maiden call of luxury cruise ship
“He’s a big lad, he’s obviously a lot quicker than I am, and he’s a handful,” said Murphy. “We’re quite similar but I think it can work. We train together every day and know each others’ game.
“On his day he’s a very, very good player. He’s been unlucky not to get a run in the team and he’s got a chance now to prove what we already know – that he’s a good player.”