Dyer can breathe life into what remains of Town’s season
HES just the man to breathe life into what had all the makings of being a rather mundane end to the season for Ipswich Town.
If he stays fit – and this is a big if – Kieron Dyer can enchant Town fans with his undoubted skills and put the gloss on the next month’s games after yet another run-of-the-mill Ipswich campaign.
Dyer may have lost his way in recent years mainly due to a series of injuries and illnesses that he has suffered, but from the time he made his Town debut as a teenager his natural footballing talent has been there for all to see.
His contract with West Ham ends in the summer and perhaps the time was right at the age of 32 to try a step down to the Championship.
The England international midfielder was brought up a goal kick away from Portman Road and has always said that he would love to play for his home town club again.
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He was sold for �6million in 1999 to help finance the team that George Burley led to the Premier League in May 2000, and has since played for Newcastle and West Ham, who bought him for a similar sum in the summer of 2007.
With two home games next week against Watford and Scunthorpe, Dyer’s presence will be a big boost for a club where he made 117 appearances before his transfer to Newcastle.
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He has sponsored Ipswich’s Under-16 side for a couple of years and suffered a double leg break in the first month after joining the Hammers.
Dyer trained with Ipswich yesterday and is at the club until April 9, which will see him able to be selected for five games – Leeds and Burnley away and Watford, who he once scored against after fracturing a bone in his leg, Scunthorpe and Crystal Palace at home.
The former St Matthews and Westbourne School pupil would surely have won more than 33 England caps if he had not been affected by injury.
Town are certain to be paying only a small percentage of Dyer’s wages, which are reported to be over �70,000 a-week.