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Would Reece Brown Be a Useful Addition to the ITFC Squad?
Written by itfcjoe on Thursday, 13th Jun 2013 12:47

On the face of it, what is there to disagree with about signing Reece Brown – young, schooled at Manchester United, capped for England at youth level, even representing his country at the U20 World Cup two years ago.

However, just last season Brown had his loan spell at Coventry City cut short as he wasn’t getting enough games with the League One side. He subsequently joined Ipswich on loan, in what was effectively an extended trial, making one substitute appearance for the first team away at Nottingham Forest.

I spoke to a friend who has seen Brown numerous times for Manchester United youth ranks at the time of his initial loan, and his opinion of him was this:

"League One’s probably his level at the moment (and that’s maybe being generous) – seemed to start alright at Coventry before falling out of favour, similar story at Oldham I think.

"He’s got some decent raw attributes and should have a pro career somewhere but he’ll be doing pretty well to feature much for you guys and/or earn a permanent move I suspect."

I saw Brown for the U21s on at least three occasions and he never seemed to hugely impress, he’s big and quick – but always seemed to have a mistake in him. I’d like to put that down to him trying too hard to impress, and he was shifted around in positions frequently.

I think there is a decent player in there, and with his age, and the fact he can cover right-back, centre-back and a holding midfield role he would be a very useful addition to the squad.

Other than Tommy Smith and Luke Chambers, we do not have any other centre-backs at the club. The U18 centre-backs last year were George Fowler, who is still a schoolboy next season, and Omar Sowunmi, who is a very raw first-year scholar whose development will not be helped by playing above a level he is comfortable with. Matthew Clarke played there a few times and looks a good long-term bet to eventually end up there.

Brown is capable of being a very versatile substitute for the first team, who will get regular football for the U21s and be in a position to push on if the opportunity arises. He is physically gifted, and being in a more settled environment rather than constantly being on loan should allow him to settle down and develop more naturally.

It will be very difficult to sign an experienced centre-back to sit behind Smith and Chambers in the pecking order and Brown is exactly the sort of player we should be after, his wages will be relatively low and it is a low-risk piece of recruitment.

I hope to see Reece Brown in an ITFC shirt again next season.

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theobald1985 added 13:20 - Jun 13
the reason he has not had much of a chance anywhere is the same as most young players-mangers are too afraid of the sack to take a chance on playing a young player.
young players often dont get a run of ten games to see if they sink or swim anymore which is wrong.
I hope he signs up for us. We need cover so it might as well come from a young player who could improve than an older more expensive pro who reached full potential long ago and is now in decline

Edmunds5 added 14:28 - Jun 13
I would be satisfied if he joined us, as you have mentioned being shifted out on loan to various clubs is never the best thing for a player. Scott Sinclair had numerous spells out on loan where he bagged a few goals but only once he joined Swansea permanently did he show his true potential. I also think MM being manager helps an awful lot, the way he has organised our defence has been key and in particular how he has benefited Tommy Smith's game. Brown is also young so there is plenty of time to improve and I can't imagine his wages being bad, I would rather see a player like Brown join than someone who is a bit injury prone with his best days over, a bit like Sonko was for example.

FrimleyBlue added 09:04 - Jun 14
Edmunds i meant to up arrow.

Marshalls_Mullet added 11:52 - Jun 14
I take your point, but the question is, whos opinion do we trust most;

- Your mates?
- That of MM and TC.

I think I know which I would trust.

Daleyitfc added 14:55 - Jun 14
He seems a poor imitation of his brother : and in my view, he was bad enough!
Utter dross : don't touch with a barge-pole.
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