Mick McCarthy considers bolstering his defensive ranks

Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is considering bolstering his defensive ranks during this month’s transfer window.

The Blues boss previously said that he wouldn’t want to upset the spirit in his close-knit squad with too many additions, but is now looking at adding a defender to the ranks following the loan departures of Freddie Veseli and Elliott Hewitt to Bury and Gillingham respectively.

“I’m absolutely delighted with the squad of players we have got here and we have Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Hunty (Stephen Hunt) in there now as well,” the Town boss told the club website.

“With the window open, it’s possible that we could have one or two changes. Players going out on loan might open things up to bring someone in.

“We have only used the five lads at the back, Cressy (Aaron Cresswell), Tyrone (Mings), Tommy Smith, Christophe Berra and Chambo (Luke Chambers) and they have done remarkably well. That is perhaps an area where we could look to strengthen squad wise.”

Ipswich have used the fewest players in the Championship so far this season (22), with the number of first team squad members currently standing at 20 following the return of loanee winger Jordan Graham to Aston Villa and the departures of Hewitt, Veseli and Jack Marriott (Gillingham) on loan.

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Of that 20, just 18 are fit and available for selection at present due to strikers Daryl Murphy (thigh) and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (hamstring) being injured.

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