Jay Tabb: Teddy Bishop was running rings around us in Ipswich Town training sessions
Midfielder Jay Tabb and his Ipswich Town team-mates didn’t need much convincing when it came to the talent and potential of Teddy Bishop.
“We knew Teddy was something different when he was running rings around us in training,” recalled Tabb.
“If you are good enough, the manager will give you a chance and it is nice to see.
“We have taken to him in training in the last year-and-a-half and we could tell he was a special talent. To do it at Championship level is totally different though and it does not get much tougher than making your debut at Derby.”
Such was his impact in the 1-1 draw at i-Pro, the teenager coming in at the eleventh hour to replace the ill Cole Skuse, that the Cambridgeshire-born product was quickly handed a two-year contract by Mick McCarthy.
The Blues boss admitted he wouldn’t have played the following game against Millwall, last Saturday, had he not penned a new deal – his debut performance having already alerted scouts from other clubs.
“He travelled up to Derby and was probably going to be on the bench, but then Cole Skuse got ill and he was straight in the team. The players were delighted for him that he was given a chance,” added Tabb.
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“He took it as well because sometimes you can train well and then get put in the team and not do great or have an impact, but Ted has come in and kept his place and rightly so.”
Bishop has shown in his short career to date that he is comfortable on the ball and not afraid to influence games either by taking a shot or making a crucial tackle.
While that will have impressed McCarthy, just as important to the Blues boss is that his players have the right attitude and application and Bishop scores highly in that area.
“He’s got a great attitude and is very modest. I think he’s just delighted to be there and training with the first team,” Tabb added.
“He is not loud at all, he comes in and does his job, listens to what we have got to say, and gets on with it. It’s nice to have him around.”
Meanwhile, Tabb has heaped praise on re-united strikers David McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy who have rekindled their partnership which was so successful last season.
The duo are already on five goals between them this term, having netted 29 times between them last season, before McGoldrick was hit by a season-ending injury.
“It’s nice top see your strikers scoring and doing their job,” explained Tabb, who saw Murphy grab his third goal of the season, with an exquisite volley, in Tuesday night’s home win against Brighton.
“As the ball came over his shoulder he obviously had a picture in his head of what he wanted to do and it worked.
“Why not have a shot and see what happens when you have the talent that Murph has got?
He added: “I can’t imagine it’s much fun playing against them. Murph is so strong and he does not lose much in the air, while you know Didzy is going to turn, get at you and take you on.
“A lot of times he will get the ball in positions where, I think if it was me, I would look to play it simple.
“He always looks to take someone on and it usually works, he gets in and creates something.
“They (Murphy and McGoldrick) don’t give you a minute’s peace and the manager has said they are as good as any partnership in the division which is a fair comment.”