Zuiverloon nails his Carling Cup colours to the mast

IPSWICH TOWN: Gianni Zuiverloon is in no doubts about who he wants to win in Wednesday’s Carling Cup quarter-final between his parent and current clubs.

The 23-year-old Dutchman made his Blues debut in the hothouse atmosphere at Carrow Road in Sunday’s Championship East Anglian derby.

That proved a highly frustrating start to his six week stay at Portman Road.

But/And Zuiverloon is looking for joy in the cup fixture confirming: “I’ll be cheering for Ipswich, and I’ll be passing on some information about the West Brom tactics.”

Ziuiverloon would have almost certainly been in the Premier League side on Wednesday if he had not taken up the opportunity to move his career forward by taking a step down to the Championship.

The former Dutch Under-21 international, who knows former Town defender Pim Balkestein from their time together at Heerenveen, went on: “I’m an Ipswich player at the moment and I want them to win.”

But while he will be rooting for the Blues and doing he can to lift them back up the Championship table, Zuiverloon is looking no further that the next six weeks with his loan deal running out early in the New Year.

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“Of course the Premier League where I want to be and this was a big decision for me.

“At the end of the day I want to play games and want people to see me playing again.

“I have a chance to remind people that I am very good player and ready to go again. I’m here to play games and get back to regular levels again.

“There were a few clubs that came in for me earlier in the season, but I thought it best to wait.

“It’s close now to the transfer window in January ”

Tony Mowbray was West Brom manager when Zuiverloon joined for �2.3million in the summer of 2008, and Town are unlikely to be able to make the move permanent although a longer loan period could be on the cards.

“Tony is a great manager,” added Zuiverloon. “And has not been so easy for me since he left, and I’m enjoying this new challenge.”

Current West Brom boss Roberto di Matteo has confirmed that he had planned to use Zuiverloon against the Blues on Wednesday.

“Gianni hasn’t featured much and it’s best for players to play rather than just be involved in reserve games,” said Di Matteo.

“But what it means is that we will have to shift things around a little for Wednesday. That’s the way we have to work to balance certain things

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