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Townsend Could Make Debut Against Burnley
Townsend Could Make Debut Against Burnley
Thursday, 12th Aug 2010 16:07

Boss Roy Keane says new loan signing Andros Townsend will go straight into his squad for Saturday’s home game against Burnley. The Town manager says it might take the Tottenham man a little while to settle in, but hopes he can make the same impression as Sunderland youngster Jack Colback last season.

Keane said: “The only chance we’ve got of getting loan players in from the big clubs is the young boys, like Jack last year.”

“The young boy Townsend came in this morning and my first impressions were very good. But we’re not expecting miracles immediately. He’s got to learn his trade like Jack.

“It took Jack two or three months to settle into the club last year, but in the second half of the season he was outstanding.”

Keane says Townsend could make his debut against Burnley on Saturday: “The boy will be involved in the squad, whether he’ll be in the starting XI, we’ll see. He’s come into the squad and has brought the average age down even further.

“He’s got a nice left foot, he’s a strong boy and obviously can deal with the ball. He’s recently been away with Tottenham. I’ve been speaking to Harry for a few weeks, I spoke to Tim Sherwood last week and they’ve been seeing what squad they’ve available and we got the thumbs up two days ago.”

Keane says Gareth McAuley returned to light training this morning after his back niggle, while Tamás Priskin, Márton Fülöp and Conor Hourihane returned from international duty without suffering any problems.

Central defender Troy Brown has been ruled out for the weekend with the ankle problem he suffered at Exeter, while midfielder Luke Hyam is a big doubt having taken a blow to a shin during Tuesday’s Carling Cup tie.

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matthollandisgod added 16:17 - Aug 12
Nice to have some genuine width on the left.. just need some on the right esp if walters leaves

Seasonticketsteve added 16:18 - Aug 12
I hope Hyam is fit, was looking forwards to seeing him again and his holding role worked a treat against Boro and allows Norris & Leadbitter to get forward-hope he is back & fit for Saturday.

Think we might have to throw Townsend in the deepend Saturday as we have very few options wise at the moment because of injury.

BROTHERBLUE1974 added 16:18 - Aug 12

Seasonticketsteve added 16:21 - Aug 12
Has McCormack handed in a transfer request does anyone now? Just heard he may have done?

Back_The_Boss added 16:22 - Aug 12
I am looking forward to seeing him on saturday. An England U19 international can only be for the good of the club.

BlueBoots added 16:52 - Aug 12
Back to 4-4-2 for the Burnley home game then...don't think it's wise to ask an 18 year-old-lad to play 3 games in a week (including 120 minutes on Tuesday) when he's carrying a knock!

----------------- Fulop ----------------

Peters - McAuley - Smith - O'Connor

Walters - Norris - Leadbitter - Townsend

---------- Priskin - Stead -------------


itfc1981 added 17:11 - Aug 12
Keep your dirty paws off Wickham Arry

mattstano9 added 17:30 - Aug 12
Hyam was incredibly good against Exeter and does the simple things very well. A crucial player in the side already. Smith was also outstanding when he came on also, the world cup has done him the world of good - very composed! The new 4-3-3 is working a treat, and could see Mccormack fitting in very well to the system (and Scotland) its taken a while and after being linked to almost every player in England, finally making some very good signings. Get In Keano, keep the moaners quiet. KEANO

robdaful added 20:47 - Aug 12
Welcome aboard. Hope we can get a couple more signings before saturday. But looking forward to the match even if we don't.
It sounds like McCormack is comming to replace Jon Walters. Not bad if it does happen in my opinion.

See you saturday. Hopefully 3 points.

bluepeter added 21:13 - Aug 12
If we do lose on saturday (and I don't think we will) lets not be too despondent and keep behind the lads for a while at least.

I have not felt this optermistic about youth, new signings and determination for a long time.

Barhamblue added 21:45 - Aug 12
I'm very excited at the moment, time and patience is he key to any success and our momentum is moving along nicely. This young fella is, I feel a good signing for us and as Keano says mixed with experience such as the likes of Scotland, etc I think we could surprise a few of our doubters!

In Keano, Cleggy and Marcus I trust….

brittaniaman added 08:59 - Aug 13
I am sure Keano wants to get it right this season, as he has BOUGHT a very nice house and if I was him, would be very reluctant to leave it, especially with all the facilities.
So let us all hope it goes very well this season for Keano, to get another contract.
I know it is early days and hope we can keep this air of optimism going.
Anyone know how Gary Ablett is getting on ???

denhamblue added 11:32 - Aug 13
oh how the mighty have fallen,i know were trying to keep in budget,and balance the book.But my god you people here,claiming to be excited by this stunning signing,its laughable.However,good lock to the lad,and welcome aboard.

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