Mick McCarthy outlines task ahead for Ipswich Town to make play-offs
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Mick McCarthy has targeted eight teams he believes Ipswich Town need to compete with in order to be in the mix-up for the Championship play-offs.
Town are already five points off the top-six, with several of the protagonists highlighted by the Blues boss already taking their places towards the top after the opening exchanges.
McCarthy accrued 53 points from 33 games in charge last season and similar heroics will be required this term if Town, who are without a game until their home clash with Middlesbrough on September 14, are to challenge.
“We have got to finish above Bolton, (Nottingham) Forest, Leicester, Blackburn, Wigan, Reading, QPR and, having seen them, Leeds, they have spent a few quid,” said McCarthy.
“There are eight teams there I expect to be up and around the top-half and the top-six and all of us that are around and below at the moment will have to finish above those.”
Meanwhile, McCarthy has refused to rule out unleashing new teenage winger Jordan Adekunle on rival Championship defences this season.
The 17-year-old was signed last month, having impressed McCarthy in pre-season playing for Crawley against the Blues.
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However, the former Sunderland boss will err on the side of caution and does not believe the pacy youngster is ready for a prolonged spell in his first XI yet.
“Jordan has been training with us. He has got something and he might be a sub at some stage as he has got a fair bit of pace and might be a surprise package but I don’t think he is ready yet,” added McCarthy, who confirmed young left-back David October had declined the chance to go on-loan to a non-league side.
“I spoke to Rocco (David October) last week and there was a chance for him to go on-loan to a team in the non-league,” McCarthy explained.
“He wants to stay here playing for the under-21s and try and get a loan with a Football League club which I understand and I fully expect him to be able to do.”