Ipswich Town’s trio of loanees convinced the Blues will not be at the bottom for long
IPSWICH Town’s trio of new loan signings insist they didn’t have to think twice about joining a club second-bottom of the Championship.
Centre-back Bilel Mohsni (Southend, three months), centre-midfielder Richie Wellens (Leicester, one-month) and striker DJ Campbell (QPR, three months) all joined the Blues on temporary deals last week.
All three made their debuts in the 2-1 home defeat to Cardiff City, a result which left the Blues with just seven points from their opening 10 games – the club’s second-worst start to a second-tier campaign since 1964.
Following a week of training with their new team-mates though, they are all convinced that Town will soon haul themselves away from the foot-of-the-table.
Campbell said: “Coming here didn’t bother me at all. I did my homework before I came, I had the options to go to a team towards the top of the table (Blackpool), but I felt Ipswich suited me best at this time. It was about how I felt and what I wanted to do.
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“I don’t worry about the league position because speaking to friends who are fans of the club and former players they’ve assured me that the performances have probably merited better results.
“I’m not worried about us being where we are – we’ve got the players to get out of it. Most of all though we’ve got the fans to get out of it. You saw how good they were against Cardiff and they made it really enjoyable for me.”
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Mohsni – who came on as a striker in the final minute of the last outing – said: “When we played Cardiff I thought we were fantastic. In the first half I thought we were going to beat them 3-0. I was thinking ‘how are Cardiff top of the league and Ipswich near the bottom?’
“There’s not a big difference in this league, we just need confidence. Ipswich is not a bad team – we just need to win a couple of consecutive games and we will be fine.”
Asked if he thought Ipswich could find themselves in a relegation battle, Wellens said: “I wouldn’t think so. I’ve been in this position before where a team has been bottom of the league and ended up finishing top half of the table.
“You could just sense a lack of confidence and belief when they (Cardiff) pulled it back to 1-1 last Saturday. We dropped a little bit too deep and invited balls in our box.
“Without a doubt, spirit and confidence in the Championship is massive because the teams are so well balanced. The little minor details count for a lot and confidence can be a huge factor.
“If Jay Emmanuel-Thomas had finished that chance at the start of the second half on Saturday I think we’d have gone on to win comfortably.
“Listen, there’s no doubt that with a few wins the confidence will start to grow.”