Poll: As Spurs’ Harry Kane is linked, should Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy change his squad for Saturday?
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Ipswich Town fans have called upon manager Mick McCarthy to shuffle his pack ahead of Saturday’s game at Blackpool.
The Blues boss has named the same starting XI for the last seven matches – something which hasn’t happened since the 1991/92 promotion season.
Those of a glass half-full outlook will point to the fact that there have been just two defeats in 10 matches, with a hard working and organised side proving competitive on a weekly basis – something that certainly wasn’t the case a year ago.
Critics will point to the fact there has been just one win in seven, with a workmanlike side providing a shortage of entertainment in a campaign which already looks destined to peter out into a mid-table finish.
Last Friday’s uninspiring 1-1 home draw with Barnsley saw the team booed off the pitch, while McCarthy admitted that the 1-1 draw at Bolton the previous week was ‘awful, dire and dour’.
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In a poll held during the EADT webchat yesterday, a massive 98% voted ‘yes’ when asked if it was time for McCarthy to make changes to his side.
There will be at least once enforced alteration at Bloomfield Road, with left-back Aaron Cresswell suspended following his red card for foul and abusive language.
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It’s midfield where supporters say they want to see changes though, with 51% voting for ‘more creativity in central midfield’ and 30% calling for ‘more attack-minded wingers’ when posed with various options (see inside).
Meanwhile, the EADT understands that Ipswich would be keen on signing Tottenham striker Harry Kane on loan if he became available.
The England Under-21 international, who has been on loan at the likes of Millwall, Norwich and Leicester in the last two seasons, is third in line for the lone striker role at White Hart Lane behind Roberto Soldado and Jermain Defoe. So far this season he has made five appearances – two in the Europa League, two in the League Cup and one in the Premier League.
Highly-rated by manager Andre Villas-Boas, the London club – who also have Emmanuel Adebayor – are considering whether to loan him out once again for regular first-team experience.