Is it time for teenage striker to get his chance?

WITH Connor Wickham, struggling to impose himself in the Blues team this season is it time for another teenage striker to have his chance?

Ronan Murray has yet to start a first team game, but has netted one goal in eight substitute appearances.

The 19-year-old has impressed whenever he has come on and although Tamas Priskin and Jason Scotland will start favourites to start today’s Championship game against Barnsley at Portman Road, Republic of Ireland Under-19 international Murray may well be in manager Roy Keane’s thoughts.

“I’ve had a taste, and yes it’s a big step,” said Murray, who scored in the Carling Cup victory at Exeter in August.

“But it’s more of case of having to adjust to playing in front of 20,000 people.

“This is where the pressure comes in.

“But that’s what you become a professional footballer for – you have to enjoy every minute.”

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Town will be looking to get back on the goal trail after drawing a blank against the Rams with Murray knowing the part that front men have to play in the success of every club.

“We know we have not scored enough goals, and ultimately this comes down to the strikers.

“When you are a front player it is what you get paid for.

“It’s your job; it’s up to you to put your mind into dealing with it.

“You can’t afford to be negative towards that responsibility.

“If you believe that you will score goals – then you will.”

Keane has been impressed with Murray’s performances, although he has indicated that the 5ft 7in tall striker is still learning his trade.

“Ronan’s got the heart the size of a lion, but at this moment in time he’s more of a substitute,” said Keane before the Derby game.

“Physically he still has to do a bit more.

“That said, he has looked more likely to score than anybody and credit to the boy for that.

“We can talk about what he lacks, but he gets in the right areas and he’s tenacious.”

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