‘Nasty’ Ronan Murray is just what we’re looking for says Paolo Di Canio

HE might not be seen as the answer to curing the Blues’ winless streak.

But one manager, and a high profile Italian one at that, believes Ronan Murray can make a massive impact.

The 20-year-old last night agreed a loan switch to League Two Swindon Town – much to the delight of the Robins passionate manager Paolo Di Canio.

The former West Ham, Milan and Juventus forward said: “We have been missing a player like him. He is not very tall but he offers us something different. He is quick, nasty in that he is a competitor, and he is an Ireland Under-21 international.

“He is the player who can give me the energy and desire like Jake Jervis did during his first few weeks. But most importantly is that when we counterattack we need a player who can attack the space and when we arrive at the edge of the box we need a player who has courage.


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“He is the kind of player who can get into that position, twist and turn and then smash the ball into the goal. He offers an extra quality that I don’t have in my team and I am sure that he can do a good job for us.”

Despite impressing for the reserves this season, Murray has seen going on loan as his best chance of playing regular football – a loan move to Gillingham fell through in September.

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Now he will get the chance to learn from the enigmatic Di Canio who poured gushing praise on the former Town academy striker.

Di Canio said: “He already has good experience for his age and he can give us the opportunity to score goals, open the space for the others and we will see how things go.

“I like him. I don’t sign a player just for cover and he is a player who will have his part definitely. We have been missing something who can work between the two lines, receive the ball and get involved in challenges.”

Unlike the other loan deals involving Tamas Priskin and Shane O’Connor, Murray will be staying at the Robins until mid-January and should go straight into their squad for Saturday’s clash with Aldershot Town at the County Ground.

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