Teddy Bishop won’t be playing 40-odd games for Ipswich Town this season, says Mick McCarthy

Teddy Bishop

Teddy Bishop

Talented teenager Teddy Bishop will be taken out of the Ipswich Town firing line at times and won’t be making 40-plus appearances for the Blues this campaign, according to boss Mick McCarthy.

After starring on his full debut in the draw at Derby and replicating his performance in the home win against Millwall last Saturday, Bishop made his third appearance in a row as the Blues saw off Brighton at Portman Road on Tuesday.

However, Blues manager Mick McCarthy plans on treating the 18-year-old with kid gloves as he makes his first steps in the professional game and could choose to rest him for Monday night’s Championship clash at Wigan.

McCarthy, who awarded Bishop a new two-year deal recently, has already pondered taking the starlet out of the limelight, explaining: “I considered it against Brighton as he played (on the Saturday) against Millwall and has never played at that intensity before, and certainly not Saturday, Tuesday.

“I decided not to but thought that if he started to struggle I would take him off and, to be fair, he didn’t (struggle) until just before I decided to replace him.

“I could see he was tiring and I thought I would put Luke Hyam on which toughened us up a little bit, plus it gave Alex Henshall a little bit more freedom (on the left).

“He (Bishop) is a very good player, but he is not going to play 40-odd games for us this season, no matter how good he is. I don’t want him to get injured.

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“I am not going to mark out what games we are going to play him in, but it’s going to be tough.

“That said, we have a two-week break coming up (after Nottingham Forest on October 5) so we all have the chance to have a rest.”

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