Kisnorbo Set to Stay and Henderson Could Return Friday, 25th Jan 2013 06:00
Blues boss Mick McCarthy has revealed that Town are in talks with Leeds United regarding the extension of Patrick Kisnorbo’s loan spell and that West Ham keeper Stephen Henderson may return to Portman Road. Australian centre-half Kisnorbo’s spell with the Blues is up on January 29th.
McCarthy said: “We’re talking to Leeds, that was the deal - we’d have a look at him and we’d extend it if we wanted to, and I do want to.”
The Town manager – who targeted Nottingham Forest’s Lee Camp before his move to Norwich earlier in the week – confirmed that another goalkeeper is very much on his January wish-list.
That keeper could be Irishman Stephen Henderson, whose previous loan with the Blues recently came to an end, but ideally he’d prefer to sign someone who wasn’t subject to a 24-hour recall clause.
“Hendo’s still an option but it would have to be a 24-hour recall and that just leaves us a bit exposed,” McCarthy said.
“I’ve spoken to Sam [Allardyce] and we’re both open to that if that is the best we can both do. I don’t mean best [in a disparaging way] because he’s a good keeper, Hendo. If the best we can do is with a 24-hour recall, then we’ll do it.”
Agree with the above comment. As MM said, it looks ok if it's the best we can do but loach must be right annoyed if the manager obviously has no faith in him for the long term. Better to stay as we are and keep searching for the permanent no1.
Hopefully MM will have identified another keeper. Would keep Loach as no 1 at present. But i feel we need a third keeper. Glad we are keeping Kisnorbo. Vital backup in case of injuries or loss of form.
Loach is a good 'shot stopper', but needs the ability to command his area, particularly at those set piece situations. This will now only come from experience, so in the short term MM is probably right to have Henderson back (if he can't sign anyone else).
Agree with MM on this one as Loach is not the answer and there is no way he will recall Henderson and not play him. Still surprised that our fans wear rose tinted glasses when it comes to Loach. He did play well at Villa but again last week was hesitant coming off his line and just does not command his area. MM is not stupid and knows what he is doing and I am certain he will get in a number one with Loach and ALB as back up. I really wish Loach was good enough but in my opinion he is not the answer as our number 1.
After some initial optimism with a few quick signings I am getting a familiar feeling. Yes January is not the best time to be signing people, though it could be argued with lots of players coming our of contract (including ours) the Summer might be a bit of a practracted bun fight. However, after successive dismal transfer windows for Town, I had hoped for much more. Richie, Judge, Forrester, McLean are all probably on the move this window and are absolutely the type of player we need to be signing. And they won't be available in June.
Also, does anyone else sense a bit of all to familiar managerial frustration in MMs comments? I just hope the problems in the background aren't going to cause him the same problems as MM and Keane as he will walk away rather than put up with it.
More concerned than negative but I am sure I will get the usual mark down. But can anyone seriously tell me the current squad with its lack of creativity and GK issues is better than those of the teams below us? I don't think so.
It is patently clear we do not have a consistant/ reliable GK at this Club. Henderson is no better and two managers (PJ and now MM) now have deemed Loach to be the "2nd GK" if the Club can ever get another one in.
There is still much to do at this Club in terms of rebuilding the squad. But we are on the threashold of signifcant changes over this coming summer (due to the effects of this FFP finanlly taking effect) and I can understand wny MM does not want to get players in for the sake of it - nor to be saddled with their expensive wages over the summer when the Club are not even playing games, if those players are not to be considered the way forward. MM clearly has plans to re build over the summer when there will many , mnay players without a club and who will no longer be able to bully clubs into paying long expensive contracts.
I agree with Henderson is no better than Loach remarks, however if Loach was injured we have ALB as back up who I feel is not up to the standard we need. Bring in Hendo and let Loach and Hendo fight for the number shirt, it will keep them on their toes and should make Loach and Henderson better keepers.
Please remember that these loan players are not free. There are two costs attached to them. One is the salary. The other is if they block up the system for our own youth/talent. I would sign Kisnorbo on a longer deal as he is a good, experienced centre-back who can provide competition for Smith/Chambers (we don't seem to have a young player who can come in there) and who gives us the option of playing Chambers at right-back if necessary. Also, he should be relatively cheap. Henderson is a different matter. As a Premiership player his wages should bye much more. Also, I think that Loach is just as good as him if not better. We have ALB as back-up for emergencies. We should back our young permanent players; constantly trying to sign a replacement for Loach won't do his confidence any good. He will improve with being played in the first team; a succession of meaningless reserve team games will do nothing for him.