McCarthy expects Moore to return to Ipswich with a point to prove

Kieffer Moore returns to Portman Road with Barnsley this evening. Picture: FOCUSIMAGES

Kieffer Moore returns to Portman Road with Barnsley this evening. Picture: FOCUSIMAGES - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Kieffer Moore will return to Portman Road this evening looking to prove Ipswich Town were wrong to let him go.

Kieffer Moore made just 11 substitute appearances for Ipswich Town before being sold to Barnsley for

Ipswich Town paid £10k to sign Kieffer Moore from Forest Green Rovers in January 2017. Photo: Gregg Brown - Credit: Gregg Brown

Moore was loaned to Rotherham at the start of the season and was an instant hit as he scored 13 goals, before being sold to Barnsley in January for a fee believed to be close to £750,000.

He never made a senior start after joining the Blues from Forest Green in 2015, with McCarthy expecting him to return with a point to prove.

“He will want to prove he should have stayed here I guess but he’s done well at Rotherham, he’s been doing OK and Barnsley have got some good results, and the club did alright out of that deal as well,” he said.

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“In the end it wouldn’t matter what my thoughts were on it – he is always going to be an asset and a handful in the league but if he’s going to be a top performer on a regular basis then that remains to be seen. That’s not been done yet by him.”

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“But it was a bloomin’ good deal.”

When asked if selling Moore on at a substantial profit was one of McCarthy’s best deals during his time at Portman Road, he said: “It didn’t benefit me at all, did it?

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“It’s good business, it’s good management of course.”

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