Jordan Graham set to be unleashed after catching the eyes – and ears – of his new Ipswich Town team mates
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Ipswich v Blackburn: Mick McCarthy is ready to unleash new boy Jordan Graham on the Championship after the teenager caught the eyes – and ears – of his new Ipswich Town team-mates.
The 18-year-old arrived on loan from Aston Villa last Thursday, sang his initiation song at the team hotel on Friday night and was an unused substitute during Saturday’s hard-fought 1-0 win at Charlton.
Town now host fellow mid-table sides Blackburn and Huddersfield tonight and Saturday respectively, with McCarthy admitting there is ‘every chance’ that Blues fans will see the highly-rated right winger at some stage.
“It wasn’t the game for him on Saturday, it was a game for hairy-arsed pros,” said the Blues boss. “He’ll get a chance though.
“It’s alright watching players on TV, but when you watch them close up you see what they’re all about – and I’m telling you, he’s got some skills, the lad.
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“He’s settled in really quickly. His initiation song was brilliant. He showed a bit of nerves to start with then stood up and stole the show. In the end we had to tell him to sit down and shut up! It was a case of ‘get off you’re too good!’
Blues centre-back Tommy Smith said: “I don’t know if Jordan should be a singer actually because he put on a good show on Friday night.
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“He sang ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ – it’s possibly the best initiation song I’ve heard. At one stage he was asking for a piano, he’s obviously a talented lad.
“I haven’t seen much of him in training yet because he only arrived last week, but I’ve heard good things and am looking forward to seeing him in action.”
Paul Anderson is the player on the right side of the Town midfield at present, though the summer signing from Bristol City is yet to finish a match he has started.
“I didn’t know that,” said McCarthy. “Sometimes we just bring someone on to shore things up and it’s always the poor old wingers that get the hook.
“He’s been different class Ando. “He puts a shift in over and above the call of duty. Watch him closely and see how much he tucks in, gets back out and chases the full-back. I’m delighted with him.”
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