Ipswich Town can’t wait forever on Cardiff City midfielder Emyr Huws, says Alex Mathie

Cardiff City midfielder Emyr Huws was a big hit during his loan spell at Ipswich Town. Photo: PAGEPI

Cardiff City midfielder Emyr Huws was a big hit during his loan spell at Ipswich Town. Photo: PAGEPIX LTD

Ipswich Town cannot afford to put all their eggs in one basket when it comes to Emyr Huws, says former Blues striker Alex Mathie.

Welsh international midfielder Huws proved a big hit at Portman Road during a loan spell from Championship rivals Cardiff City in the second half of last season, scoring three goals in 13 games.

The 23-year-old, who took a pay cut to force through his January deadline day switch, had very much been out of favour under Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock and made public his desire to transfer permanently to Suffolk this summer.

It’s understood that Town boss Mick McCarthy told owner Marcus Evans that signing Huws should be the club’s top priority this summer, but doing a deal is not looking as simple as first thought.

Experienced midfielder Peter Whittingham has left Cardiff this summer to join Blackburn after rejecting a reduced terms contract offer, meaning Huws – who still has two years left on his contract – could be needed, or at least not sold until a replacement is found.

And even if he is eventually allowed to move on, Wolves, who are reportedly interested, could blow Town out of the water financially.

“We need a central midfielder, no doubt,” said Mathie, who co-commentates on Town’s away games for BBC Suffolk. “We need someone who can create and score goals from midfield because that’s been missing for a while. We’ve not had that box-to-box energy since when? David Norris? Matty Holland?

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“I think we all liked Emyr Huws, and it would be great to sign him, but that situation can’t drag on forever. Ipswich can’t wait and wait on him and risk missing out on other targets.”

With Town starting their 16th successive season in the second-tier with a home game against Birmingham on August 5, Mathie said: “I don’t think we’ll be in a relegation battle, but I can’t see much more than mid-table either. Until the chairman decides what he wants to do, whether he really wants to go for it, then that is, unfortunately, what we are probably going to be limited to.”

He added: “It’s important that the fans get behind Mick again. He’s not going, it’s a new season and a fresh start. Trust me, there’s nothing worse than when you’re getting booed. We need to move forwards with that now.”