Town scouts told to find power and pace
IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell has scattered his newly-boosted scouting team in the search for some young, hungry, powerful and pacy transfer targets.
The Blues boss doubled his number of full-time scouts last week, adding experienced duo Andy King and Mark Seagreaves to a team which already included Steve McCall and David Hamilton.
And having just witnessing the experienced set of players he assembled over the summer succumb to three successive Championship defeats, Jewell has instructed his player finders to look out for a specific set of attributes.
“We’ve got four full-time scouts now which is as many as any Championship club has got,” said Jewell, whose best bit of business so far has been the addition of 21-year-old left-back Aaron Cresswell from League One side Tranmere.
“Recruitment is key in football, so we’re trying to spread our net far and wide – both home and abroad – in the search for players that can come in as early as January or beyond.
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“There’s nothing wrong with having experienced players, but we now need some youth, exuberance and power.
“I meet with my scouting team every month and that’s the remit I’ve given them. It doesn’t mean every player that comes in has got to be six foot seven and an incredible athlete, but we have to target certain types of players.
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“Certainly across all divisions the game is getting quicker and quicker. And while we’ve got good players, we do lack genuine pace at the moment.”
Jewell, who signed Michael Chopra in the summer despite being aware of his gambling addiction, added: “You have to do homework on potential signings beyond their football ability, but you also have to be slightly careful because if you ask enough questions someone will eventually give you an answer you don’t want to hear.”
Seven of Jewell’s 13 signings this season are in their 30s, but it’s one of his younger additions – Jay Emmanuel-Thomas – who he has high hopes for. He said: “We saw with his assist at the weekend what he is capable of.
“We’ve bought him for potential and everyone can see he’s got a huge amount of that. Physically and mentally he’s getting better all the time.”