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McParland: Wickham Could Be Unplayable
McParland: Wickham Could Be Unplayable
Friday, 14th Jan 2011 09:23

Former Blues caretaker-manager Ian McParland says Town striker Connor Wickham “could be unplayable” once he gets a bit older. The Scot, who left the club yesterday, says the 17-year-old has a lot to learn but could go a long, long way in football.

McParland said: “Connor’s a young lad, a lot of people forget he’s only 17 and they heap a lot on his young shoulders. He’s learning the game, he’s not the finished article by far.

“If he keeps working hard and coaches get a hold of him and teach him to play the game, he’s got all the attributes to go and be a top player.

“They need to teach him how to spin in behind, get the ball into feet and play as a centre-forward. When he gets a bit older he could be unplayable.”

McParland used Wickham in a role on the left of a five-man midfield against Arsenal on Wednesday, having been impressed with him during training the previous day: “When I watched him in training on Tuesday he was sprinting up and down. He was raring to go.”


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bobble added 09:31 - Jan 14
friendly chatty bloke that mcparland how come i have never heard of him before ?
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brittaniaman added 09:36 - Jan 14
KEANE KEPT THEM GAGGED AND BOUND, they hardly got off the bench when Keane was there, Wed. night they hardly sat down and that includes Kiwomya. good luck to them !!!!
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SouperJim added 09:46 - Jan 14
brittaniaman, love the shots of our bench on the highlights, the free kick where delaney headed back accross the six yard box, McParland Loughland and Kiwomya were heading every ball!
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dirtydingusmagee added 09:46 - Jan 14
bobble you probably havnt heard of a lot of people,you will once you move up in school and start reading books and doing joined up writing .[wink ]
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bobble added 09:47 - Jan 14
that keane bloke was a nasty piece of work wasn't he ?
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blueherts added 09:48 - Jan 14
FEAR OF KEANE LIKE EVERYONE ..MANAGE BY FEAR THAT IS KEANE STYLE

HE GOES AND PLAYERS AND PEOPLE AROUND HIM PLAY WITH FREEDOM

LOVE IT ....CLOUD BEEN LIFTED
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bobble added 10:03 - Jan 14
i may not of heard of a lot of people magee but thats because i choose not to listen have you dropped the cure i recommended yet ?..theres hope for us all.......they reckon "not so sure myself"
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TractorRoyNo1 added 10:12 - Jan 14
wickham was dreadful at chelsea - but so were most of them - he played ok on wed, but needs a goal. jury his still out if he is to be a Bent or a Bowditch.
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bleedblue added 10:13 - Jan 14
Completely agree he isnt the finished article - but thats the scary thing - he is already a handful and shows signs of complete magic! He is going to be huge, and be an England regular, just hope we keep him for a few more years and he gets to play for the town in the Premiership! COYB!

#collookedatobywithaflag
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bluepeter added 10:18 - Jan 14
well said blueherts. Imagine his frustration at seeing Keano's errors, but could say nothing.
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bobble added 10:20 - Jan 14
when i was 17 i was a complete plonker as well drank to much smoked to much but i was a much better footballer than wickham but he will catch up ' needs to introduce more oats and garlic into his diet and drink a half pint of apple cider vinegar every day until hes 19 then just party like crazy until late 20s you'll see things will work out
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moomoosereni added 10:31 - Jan 14
Same again Saturday please Wickham!

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jong75 added 10:47 - Jan 14
I haven't seen anything in Wickham to suggest he is worth 10mil. Would take any offer over 7m for him now.
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bobble added 10:57 - Jan 14
surely hes not yours to sell or has trading in minors become fashionable in europe again ?
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petermorris added 11:41 - Jan 14
ME's Ipswich town 'categorically denied' any training ground rifts between RK, players and coaching staff.... what are people implying here?
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bobble added 11:46 - Jan 14
riffs ..... it was a typo..... don't panic think a couple of the boys wanted to get down at practice but were denied
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onlyone added 12:43 - Jan 14
He states
“They need to teach him how to spin in behind, get the ball into feet and play as a centre-forward.”

emmmm
Why have they not been doing that with him NOW !!!!

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Seasider added 15:31 - Jan 14
When I heard Charlie McP talking on Sky whilst in Legends prior to match,thought he sounded a bit like Bill Shankly;and when I saw him pitchside thought the same.By his remarks above and tactics for Arsenal game has future in game.Good luck.How about Liverpool job when King Kenny abdicates?
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h32 added 19:03 - Jan 14
Take it from me - Charlie McParland know's his stuff - an excellent recruit by Roy Keane, but he never used him for maximum benefit WHY ?? - only Roy knows the answer to that.
Charlie will one day manage a top club. I stand by that statement.
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h32 added 19:16 - Jan 14
...... like I said, hope we haven't shot ourselves in the foot !!!
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jas0999 added 20:35 - Jan 14
h32 - agree with your comments re McPartland. Absolutely correct.
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slowerball added 21:33 - Jan 14
As he has only played about 4 games this season, yes - he must be unplayable...
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wisebluey added 21:58 - Jan 14
bobble . you're a bit weird ..... COYB ! Englands number 1, conner !!!
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