POST-MATCH ANALYSIS: Paul Jewell impressed with trio of trialists
MARIAN Kello, Plaisir Bahamboula and Soualio Bakayogo are all expected to get another chance to impress after making their Ipswich Town debut against Helmond Sport last night.
The trio of trialists were all handed a chance in the second half by Paul Jewell and they did little wrong as the Blues improved after the break.
While former Hearts keeper Kello was the one most fans were interested in – the 29-year-old Slovakian international a late addition to the tour party – Bahamboula was arguably the most impressive on the left wing.
Both he and fellow Frenchman Bakayogo, a left-back, looked athletic and fit and 21-year-old Bahamboula showed some nice tricks and a half-decent cross after replacing Josh Carson in the 67th minute.
Bahamboula can also play upfront and was quoted in 2010, while paying for French club Sochaux, as saying he was interesting Newcastle though no move was made.
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Kello, who won Scotland’s save of the season award in 2010/11, has been a free agent since April after negotiating an early release from Hearts where he had spent four years.
Following an unsuccessful trial with Aston Villa at the end of last season, it is understood Kello’s representatives approached Jewell who was happy to include him on the tour.
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The Blues boss last night said of the trio: “The two French players have been with us for pre-season since last Monday.
“They have trained well, they are only young boys – 21 – and it is a good opportunity for us to look at them.
“The goalkeeper Kello looked competent, though he didn’t have a lot to do. We knew him because he was at Hearts and then he went to Aston Villa to do some training there at the end of last season.
“He is an experienced goalkeeper and one we are looking at.”