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McCarthy Wants to See Carson Rip Up League Two
Wednesday, 20th Mar 2013 06:00

Manager Mick McCarthy says he wants to see midfielder Josh Carson in the running for Player of the Month awards during his loan spell in League Two with York City. The 19-year-old made his debut for the Minstermen in Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat to Port Vale.

McCarthy says that the Northern Ireland international isn’t likely to make his side this season: “He’s not going to get in my first team now, he’s not at that level just now, whether or not that’s because he’s not been playing.

“I think he played in the last game before I came against Sheffield Wednesday but a month away will do him some good, give him some football.”

The Blues boss says Carson’s move, which could potentially be extended until the end of the campaign, doesn’t mean his time at Portman Road is up with another season, plus the option of a further year, remaining on his contract.

“I’m not giving up on him,” he added. “We’ll see how he does with York. If he wants to play in my team, he’s got to go up to York and fairly rip that up, hasn’t he? I’ll be looking for ‘Josh Carson’s up for Player of the Month at York’.

“But I think every player should know that. Surely they don’t need that endorsement from their manager to go up there and play well.

“He wants to be here and be a player, and the only way that’s going to be is to get some competitive football, and when he gets competitive football to play well in it if it’s below this standard.”

Team-mate Frank Nouble believes the spell will be good for Carson: “Josh is a good young player and he will benefit from going out on loan. He was telling me he knows [Nigel Worthington] the manager at York and that will help him.

“I’ve moved on loan a few times myself and I know what it can do for you. There are a number of benefits. For a start, you know that you are as good as the other players there and it can help to build your confidence.

“Plus, you get the chance to play and show what you can do. Players just want to play and if they can’t do that regularly for their parent club going out on loan gives them that opportunity.”

Nouble launched his career at Chelsea and has also been signed permanently by West Ham and Wolves, but he acknowledges that loan stints at West Brom, Swindon, Swansea, Barnsley (twice), Charlton and Gillingham have also proved beneficial to his development.

But now he feels he has landed on his feet having joined Town on a permanent basis in January, adding: “I’ve been on the bench, coming on regularly, and we’ve had some good results along with some that have not been so good. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it so far.”

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Radlett_blue added 07:05 - Mar 20
Experiencing the facilities & football at York may be the kick up the backside Carson needs. I reckon he has the ability to play at championship level - it's up to him.

PJewellisaGod added 07:26 - Mar 20
Didn't do well on his debut, but maybe needs to settle into the team.

gazzmac4 added 09:19 - Mar 20
JC clearly has the ability its just sometime i think he lacks the belief in himself to follow it through!

Hopefully he goes out and it gives him the lift he needs. It will also be a good opportunity for MM to see how he gets on there!

I still fear that he is more of a squad player than first XI player for us but i look forward to him proving me wrong! COYB

theobald1985 added 09:26 - Mar 20
good luck to josh mick has put the ball firmly in his court.
He should not be juged on 1 game but hopefully in his time there he will make a strong impact and come back better prepared to fight for a place we need talented youngsters snapping at the heels of senior player

bluelady added 09:29 - Mar 20
Unfortunately i think Josh likes the life of a footballer rather more than the hard graft that is needed to become one of the best! However a loan spell out, the chance to see what 'could be' if he doesnt kick on is ideal. There is definately a good player in there, however a player who looks fantastic at 18 needs to up his game and not rest on his lorals. Good Luck Josh!

Marshalls_Mullet added 10:12 - Mar 20
Good work MM.

I think this shows the issues with the new generation of players, they think they have made it before they are even close.

MM's handling of Emmanuel-Thomas and Carson has been spot on so far. They will thank him for it later in their careers.

Marshalls_Mullet added 10:20 - Mar 20
Just show him the CV of Ian Westlake, Matt Richards and Dean Bowditch.

All players who made a good start to life at PR and had to settle for life in the lower leagues. They seemed to put in the work too.

Dont take it for granted JC.

BigAlwasmyhero added 10:58 - Mar 20
Nigel Worthington gave him his international debut so he obviously saw something in him. It's a great opportunity for him to go out and get stuck in and prove he's worth a place in our team.

Earl60 added 11:28 - Mar 20
Just needs to follow the example of Drury, to see the benefits of a good loan spell

Karlosfandangal added 12:38 - Mar 20
Josh could be a great player for us and a replacement for Edwards on the wing,. ut need to prove it, Nouble has been on loan alot yet still not good enough to make first team football for his club so it doesnot always work out.

He looks good for us in the matches he has played so maybe the same will apply to Josh, you have to drop a level as you not good enough at the level you are at

simonsays added 13:02 - Mar 20
Hmmmm. Not a good start then!

TooleyBlue added 13:44 - Mar 20
What is brilliant here is MM's clear statement that he's not going to put up with low quality / half-hearted players. JET is a great example - he is demanding that JET does more than just hang around the wing and give the odd bit of magic. The message seems to be getting through.

Roll on the summer and MM able to get in some more players who will be determined to fight for the full 90 minutes and to give it all. Sometimes some of our players look a little bit disinterested.

In Mick we trust....

jas0999 added 16:37 - Mar 20
I really wish Josh well. I would like nothing more than for him to be a great player for ITFC. But the last couple of seasons have been disappointing and he looks a long way off being good enough for us.

francisb123 added 16:38 - Mar 20
must be dreaming MM, another one that promised so much and delivered so little

Talbs77 added 20:53 - Mar 20
The lad burst onto the scene at the backend of pj's first season with a few goals but seems to have lost his way a bit since then.

I think the boys got potential but its down to the him, how much does he want it?

He could come good in time a bit like Tommy Smith, lets not write him off just yet.

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