Danny may not get a crack at Canaries
DANNY Haynes still has a bright future at Ipswich Town - but not necessarily in Sunday's East Anglian Coca-Cola Championship derby at Carrow Road.This is according to Blues technical skills coach Steve Foley, who has spent many hours on the training ground with the flying 20-year-old.
DANNY Haynes still has a bright future at Ipswich Town - but not necessarily in Sunday's East Anglian Coca-Cola Championship derby at Carrow Road.
This is according to Blues technical skills coach Steve Foley, who has spent many hours on the training ground with the flying 20-year-old.
Foley still sees the potential in Haynes, who began three of the opening four matches this season but has not been in the starting line-up since.
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But he said today: “We have a bigger squad now and everybody has had to up their performance.
“With good players being left out each week, those in possession of a shirt are always looking over their shoulders. You have to find consistency and this is something Danny has to do.
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“He is still a good player, with bags of potential, but others have stepped up to the plate whereas Danny has been left out in the cold a bit.”
Haynes was troubled by injury in the early part of November but has been back on the bench for the last two games - and could well start in that position on Sunday.
He scored at home against the Canaries last season and netted twice at Portman the previous year. He has also notched at Carrow Road at senior level and scored for fun against the Norfolk side at reserve and youth level.
To rub salt into the wounds, he also had a trial at Norwich before moving from Charlton to Ipswich where he was a member of the Blues' 2005 FA Youth Cup-winning squad.
“Just because Danny has scored against Norwich in the past does not mean he will do so on Sunday,” added Foley, a former coach at Norwich who helped the Canaries reach the Premier League in 2003/04. “He can't score against them all the while.”
Haynes had a strange 2007/08, not making a start until the middle of December, but then beginning 20 matches in a seasonal total of 43 appearances with seven goals.
Town fans will be hoping he finds his feet in the second half of this season as well.
Looking at the situation between his former and current club, Foley said: “We are not a long way away. A win at Norwich could put us in the play-offs.”
And, with the hint of a warning, he went on: “Things are not going so well at Norwich and they will be looking to turn things around.
“One game, one win, could kick-start their recovery and three points on Sunday might see them back up and running.”