Town legend Osborne welcomes Dyer back after spotting his talent as a 10-year-old
ONE Ipswich Town legend today welcomed another with Roger Osborne delighted to see the return of Kieron Dyer to Portman Road.
Dyer, 32, will be in the Town squad for today’s npower Championship match at Elland Road against Leeds United (kick-off 3pm) having moved from West Ham on a month’s loan that runs out on April 9.
Osborne, who scored the winning goal for Ipswich when they won the FA Cup at Wembley by beating Arsenal 1-0 in 1978, was coaching at the club’s school of excellence when Dyer first arrived as a 10-year-old.
“You could see from his first kick that Kieron was special,” said Osborne.
“He had everything – touch, pace, awareness.
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“Kieron always stood out and he went on to be good for Ipswich bringing in some much needed revenue when times became hard at Portman Road when he was sold to Newcastle United for �6million in July 1999.
“He will now add sparkle to the team, and it is a big boost for Ipswich to have him back.
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“Someone who has played in the Premier League for 10 years or so is a special talent.
“Jimmy Bullard has shown the class that you associate with a top flight player and Kieron will bring the same.
“It’s a great move and will be welcomed by supporters with home games against Watford and Scunthorpe next week.”
Dyer will wear the number 30 shirt at Elland Road where he will come against his former Town team mate Richard Naylor, who is now with Leeds.
Town boss Paul Jewell is pleased to have Dyer onboard with David Norris suspended for the next two matches and fellow midfielders Jimmy Bullard and Colin Healy carrying knocks.
“We’re delighted to have Kieron here,” said Jewell.
“He’s a wonderful player and will add Premier League quality and experience to the squad.
“He’s had his injury problems, but he is fit and ready to go, although we will have to look to ease him back into things.
“I’m sure the supporters will be pleased to see Kieron back at the club and hopefully he can make the same impact here as Jimmy Bullard.”
Jewell has not ruled out Dyer staying longer than one month at Portman Road.
He added: “We are short on numbers and had to get someone in. We’re obviously delighted it’s Kieron and he’s here for 28 days.
“We’ll see how it goes from there.”