‘Play on the right or do one’ – Mick McCarthy’s early message to Jonathan Parr
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He may well return to his favoured position tomorrow, but Jonathan Parr shouldn’t get too comfortable there.
The Norwegian international is right-footed, but has spent the vast majority of his entire career as a specialist left-back.
He’s been converted to a right-back at Ipswich Town though, manager Mick McCarthy fully vindicated by his decision to start Tyrone Mings in Parr’s preferred slot.
Mings – the Championship Player of the Month for September - picked up his fifth booking of the campaign in Tuesday night’s 3-1 defeat at Cardiff though and, as a result, will be suspended for tomorrow’s visit of Huddersfield to Portman Road.
Parr may switch back to left-back, Luke Chambers temporarily returning to right-back, while another option would be to keep Parr and Chambers where they are and deploy left-footed centre-back Tommy Smith as a full-back.
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“We took Jonny Parr as a left-back/right-back,” explains McCarthy. “My conversation with him when he came was ‘I hope you’re happy to play right-back because if you’re not then you might as well do one’.
“He didn’t really want to play right-back, but I said if you’re coming here you’d better be able to because we’ve got a young lad that will probably start the season. And that’s just how it’s turned out.”
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Tuesday night was the first time Parr had tasted defeat for the Blues following his arrival on a free transfer from Crystal Palace in the summer.
“He’s been excellent – a really good signing,” said McCarthy. “I remember rampaging up and down the line here for Palace until (Richard) Stearman tackled him and he had to go off. I knew him before that but it stuck in my mind how well he’d started that game. When he was available on a free I thought he was a great shout.”