Poll: Luke Chambers says Ainsley Maitland-Niles is impressing at Ipswich Town after cutting out the swagger

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy and assistant Terry Connor, pictured during the pre-season traini

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy and assistant Terry Connor, pictured during the pre-season training camp in Ireland. Photo: Gregg Brown - Credit: Gregg Brown

Teenage Arsenal loanee Ainsley Maitland-Niles learnt very quickly what it means to be an Ipswich Town player.

The talented 17-year-old winger, who is on a season-long switch, has displayed his exciting brand of pace and trickery in pre-season games against Shelbourne and Fortuna Dusseldorf.

But Blues skipper Luke Chambers has revealed that the highly-rated youngster has been told in no uncertain terms that you have to graft if you are going to start in a Mick McCarthy team.

“Despite being so young, he is looking good,” said the defender.

“I had to give him a bit of stick the other day for being a bit of a slow starter though.

“He was kind of feeling his way into training, there was a bit of swagger about him, but he’s got to know our way of working pretty quickly!

“To be fair to him, he’s done well in the games and took his goal against Dusseldorf well.”

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Having started pre-season with a comfortable 6-0 win over Irish side Shelbourne and then been given a tough workout against German second tier side Fortuna Dusseldorf last Friday, Town’s preparations continue at League Two side Cambridge United tonight (7.45pm).

Christophe Berra and David McGoldrick link-up with the squad following extended summer breaks, while Daryl Murphy has been given extra time off as a precaution following a slight injury niggle.

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