Priskin and Scotland might have to make way
TAMAS Priskin and Jason Scotland’s days at Ipswich Town are looking increasingly numbered.
Blues boss Paul Jewell may have lost Conor Wickham to Sunderland this summer, but he has now brought in four forwards in the form of Michael Chopra, Nathan Ellington, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Daryl Murphy, leaving last season’s hitmen – Priskin and Scotland – way down the pecking order.
“We probably have got too many strikers,” admitted the Town manager. “There might well be players leaving, either permanent or on loan, I honestly don’t know.”
Priskin, as well as fellow senior players Lee Martin, Jaime Peters and Shane O’Connor, are all currently training with the club’s youth team ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Leeds United.
“Tamas hurt his knee in training on Friday – the same knee injury he had at Swansea,” said Jewell, who accepted a loan offer for the Hungarian international from Championship rivals Leeds recently only for the move to fall through at the last minute.
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“He’s training with the kids just to get his fitness back at the moment.”
He continued: “I think with us bringing so many players in, there will be players that are available if it suits us and them. But my phone hasn’t rung.
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“I’m not here thinking I have to get players out, but I think if I was a player on the fringe, as great a club this is, I would want to be playing football somewhere.”
Meanwhile, Jewell stood by his decision to relegate Martin to youth team training following his red card in the 7-1 defeat at Peterborough. He said: “He’s been suspended three times since I’ve been here now for silly challenges.
“Lee’s a good player, a good pro, a good lad, but he’s got to learn his lessons for the good of himself and more importantly the good of the team. Sometimes you’ve got to take a bit of punishment.”