Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy insists there's still more to come from full-back Jonas Knudsen
PUBLISHED: 16:10 27 April 2016 | UPDATED: 16:10 27 April 2016
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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy believes there is more to come from Jonas Knudsen, following a solid first season for the former Esbjerg left-back.
The 23-year-old has adapted quickly to the hustle and bustle of the Championship and has been arguably Town’s most-improved outfield player since the turn of the year.
The Danish international delivered another strong defensive performance in Saturday’s goalless draw at promotion-chasing Middlesbrough, and twice put his body on the line to block Albert Adomah, when the winger looked primed to score.
McCarthy said: “Jonas has had a really good season, he’s been a really good signing.
“If you consider we took eight million quid for Tyrone Mings and got him for around three-hundred grand, that’s a pretty good deal for me.
“He has been getting better and better, he is learning about the league, he is a great character and a great professional.”
On being asked if he was surprised how quickly Knudsen, affectionately nicknamed “Mad Dog” by his team-mates, had adapted, McCarthy added: “No, because he is a tough nut, a winner. He competes like that in training every day, he’s great.”
Meanwhile, McCarthy refused to say whether he would look to offer summer free agents Liam Feeney and Kevin Foley deals.
Bolton Wanderers’ winger Feeney is out-of-contract in the summer, as is Foley, who joined Town on a short-term deal in January, having left FC Copenhagen.
McCarthy said: “They have both done well and they are both in the building, but both players will have their own ideas about what they want and what they want to achieve. We have our ideas and I have been pleased with them.”