Priskin is unlikely starter against Leicester
IPSWICH TOWN: Striker Tamas Priskin is an unlikely starter in tomorrow’s Championship game against Leicester City at Portman Road (kick-off 5.20pm).
Not just because Rory Fallon and Jason Scotland linked encouragingly at Preston last week or manager Roy Keane saying he might switch to a less attacking formation as he looks to end a run of six straight league defeats.
The Blues boss hinted at being displeased with the Hungarian international’s attitude when he came on as a second half substitute in a 1-0 defeat at Deepdale.
From being the darling of the fans a short while ago, Priskin could well be made available for a transfer or loan move next month assuming Keane keeps his job.
“In the modern game – and I saw it last weekend – some people don’t want to be substitute,” said Keane.
“This is crazy. I don’t mind a player being grumpy, but I don’t want to see that player take that grumpiness on to the pitch.
“Instead of just doing the business there are those who when they do come on may not want to do it for the manager.
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“When Tamas Priskin came on there was still 20 minutes of action playing time and you can do a hell of a lot in that time.
“Players give away a lot by their body language – not just at our club – and it was an important learning weekend for me regarding who I am working with and those who don’t want to be substitutes.”
Keane said that he was given a good shift when Connor Wickham and Ronan Murray came on as substitutes earlier in the season.
“They focused on the game and gave us a lift,” added Keane.
“If top Premier League players are dropped down to the bench surely Tamas can accept it.
“We could all learn a great deal from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was the best substitute in the history of the game in my opinion.
“The number of disappointments that lad had, yet he still kept bouncing back scoring a couple of goals after coming on and then finding himself back on the bench again.
“I can pick the wrong team and make the wrong substitutions, but maybe I got that wrong last week.”