POLL: Ipswich Town’s Frank Nouble is flying after being sent to Coventry, while Paul Taylor is ‘story of Rotherham’s season’
Frank Nouble is the latest Blues player to star for his temporary employers. CHRIS BRAMMER finds out more about his form and that of three other Ipswich Town loanees
Out-of-favour Ipswich Town striker Frank Nouble has made a sensational start to life with League One Coventry City.
The 23-year-old has scored twice in his opening three games for the Sky Blues and has quickly become a fans’ favourite at the Ricoh Arena.
And the transfer-listed frontman has already spoken of his desire to stay in the Midlands for the season, should a move suit all parties.
“Frank has scored twice and set one goal up in his first three games and has been outstanding,” said the Coventry Telegraph’s Andy Turner.
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“He is lacking match-fitness but has had a couple of good chats with manager Steven Pressley and they have agreed that he is at a cross-roads in his career.”
Nouble scored inside 10 minutes of his debut against Gillingham, becoming the first player to score for Coventry in their second spell at the Ricoh, and added to his tally in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Scunthorpe.
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“Frank was thrown straight in on his debut, at the Ricoh, in front of 27,000 people and he seemed to thrive on the atmosphere,” Turner added.
“He is working hard and buying into Steve Pressley’s high pressing game and has talked about establishing himself here. He is relishing the fact he can play as a centre-forward.
“Looking ahead, he has already said that come January, if everything is going well, he would like to stay until the end of the season but obviously, that is a long way off.
“He has made a sensational start.”
ANTHONY WORDSWORTH & PAUL TAYLOR (Rotherham)
After a quiet start to his Rotherham loan spell, Anthony Wordsworth is beginning to settle into life at the New York Stadium, says the Sheffield Star’s Rotherham United correspondent, Paul Davis.
“He was dropped for the game prior to the international break, but returned at Bolton on Tuesday for the Millers’ 3-2 defeat
“He looked OK, if a little low on confidence, but then he scored a nice free kick which picked him up again.
“Then, right at the death, he scored with a back-heel which would have made it 3-3, but it was marginally offside.
“His stock certainly rose that night.”
Paul Taylor also played in that game and continued his unwanted habit of striking the woodwork.
“That’s four times he’s hit the woodwork and all four shots have been really good efforts,” said Davis.
“The fans love him. He is an eight out of ten man every game and has been the story of the season so far.”
JACK MARRIOTT (Carlisle)
Jack Marriott will return to Ipswich Town after Carlisle’s game at Mansfield on Saturday – his one-month loan spell coming to an end.
During his time at Brunton Park, Marriott has failed to find the net in five appearances, during which time the Cumbrians sacked manager Graham Kavanagh after slumping to the bottom of the Football League.
Jon Colman from the News & Star in Carlisle, said: “Jack started a couple of games and could have easily had two or three goals.
“Kavanagh was then sacked and the caretaker managers (Tony Caig and Paul Thirlwell) have not started him.
“He’s probably been a victim of circumstance with the caretakers wanting to look at the contracted players.”