TEAM NEWS: Jack Marriott set to be given his chance against Brighton
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Sold by Roy Keane after being given a limited chance in the first team, he has gone on to become the goal machine the Blues have so badly lacked in recent years.
Now another prolific goalscorer has emerged from the youth set-up in Jack Marriott – and new boss Mick McCarthy is determined for history not to repeat itself.
The 19-year-old made his first team debut on the final game of last season at Burnley and looks set to be on the bench for tomorrow’s visit of Brighton following Paul Taylor’s move to Peterborough on loan.
McCarthy refused to confirm whether it would be Marriott or veteran Alan Lee coming into the squad, only stating that both would be in his 20-man squad, but his praise for the teenager suggests it will be Marriott who could be about to get his chance.
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“I’m delighted with him; really, really pleased with him,” said the Blues boss.
“That’s one of the reasons why I let Tayls go out. He’s unproven, but unless he gets an opportunity to be in the squad or around us then we’ll never know will we?
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“To be fair he is a little Johnny on the spot, or maybe that should be Jacky on the spot.
“He has got an eye for goal. Even when he might not be playing particularly well he always gets a chance.
“At Burnley he came on, looked like a bag of nerves but still had one good shot that the keeper had to save and a great header from a free-kick.
“We hope he’s a goalscorer. He certainly has been in training and the Under-21s.”
Speaking on his decision to allow Paul Taylor to rejoin former club Peterborough on loan until November 1, McCarthy said: “He needs to have games. They’ve got seven/eight games in the next 30 days. He did alright when he came on against Wigan and we were all over them to be fair.
“I thought he looked sharper, but he wasn’t going to start this weekend. He’d be a sub; maybe used or unused. He needs to go out and get some football after 11 months out. He needs games and he’s not going to get them here is he?
“All being well he’ll come back here all guns blazing. The intention is to cover that period. Paul has no intention of staying there and I have no intention on my part of let him stay any longer.
“It’s important he gets playing time for himself to prove he can get back to where he was and to come back here and show why this club paid a lot of money for him.”
– See tomorrow’s EADT for McCarthy’s explanation as to why Dean Gerken will retain his place in goal, plus his thoughts on free agents Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Stephen Hunt