Keane reveals his new ‘Jack Colback’
IPSWICH TOWN: Blues manager Roy Keane is keeping his fingers crossed that he has signed a new ‘Jack Colback’.
Keane has completed a deal that brings Andros Townsend to Portman Road on a season-long loan from Premier League Tottenham.
The left-sided midfielder, who turned 19 last month, is expected to be in the Town squad for tomorrow’s npower Championship game against Burnley at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm,).
Discussions to add strikers Jason Scotland and Ross McCormack to Keane’s permanent squad continue while Blues skipper Jon Walters has been told by the Ipswich manager that he can leave after making plain what his plans were.
Townsend is an England Under-19 international and he was with Spurs in Portugal when a Tottenham XI played at Portman Road in a pre-season friendly.
He has loan experience at Yeovil, Leyton Orient and MK Dons, and arrives in Suffolk highly recommended.
“It took Jack two or three months to settle into the club last year after his loan for a year from Sunderland,” said Keane.
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“But in the second half of the season he was outstanding winning the player of the year poll on merit and serving us exceptionally well.
“Andros came in yesterday morning and my first impressions were very good. But we’re not expecting miracles immediately. He’s got to learn his trade like Jack.
“But I’m certain we’re a good bet for Premier League clubs looking to give their youngsters a place to progress.
“Jack served us very well and he went back a better player - and we will be looking for andros to do the same.
“The only chance we’ve got of getting loan players in from the big clubs is the young boys, like Jack last year and Andros this year.
“There could be another young player arriving in similar circumstances shortly.”
Keane has had Townsend watched and the youngsters joins Mark Kennedy, Marton Fulop and Conor Hourihane as summer additions to Keane’s staff.
“Whether he’s in the starting XI tomorrow we’ll have to see,” added Keane.
“He’s got a nice left foot, he’s a strong boy and obviously can deal with the ball.
“He’s recently been away with Tottenham.
“I’ve been speaking to Harry Redknapp for a few weeks and I spoke to Spurs coach Tim Sherwood last week.
“They’ve been seeing what squad they’ve available and we got the thumbs up two days ago.”