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No Plans to Loan Taylor
Saturday, 21st Sep 2013 06:01

Manager Mick McCarthy says he has no immediate plans to send striker Paul Taylor out on loan despite the 25-year-old being in need of games as he continues his comeback from the serious foot injury which sidelined him for 11 months following his move from Peterborough.

Taylor started the Capital One Cup tie at Stevenage and has made two sub appearances in the Championship – fleetingly at QPR before being replaced himself – in addition to games for the U21s.

McCarthy says he needs to play matches but that the opportunity hasn’t arisen in recent weeks.

“More than anybody he needs minutes on the pitch but it’s not fallen right for him,” he said.

“Unfortunately for him, but fortunately for me the team’s playing well and he just can’t get on. We’ll just have to keep monitoring that one.”

The Town boss currently isn’t considering sending him out on loan to get those games with another club: “I haven’t got a squad big enough really. I don’t know, we’ll see.

“I’m saying he needs minutes but how do you get them? Play in the U21s? They’re not great games, to be honest with you. They’re not as competitive as they should be. But he’s training well, we’ll see. I’ll keep a close eye on that one.”

He says returning frontman Alan Lee, like Taylor, is waiting in the wings for his chance if it comes: “He’s been training well, he just continues to get fitter and better. He’s OK.

“Paul Taylor hasn’t had a chance to get on the pitch, so it’s unlikely for Alan at the moment as well, just because of the way we’ve been playing.”

McCarthy believes Lee, who is primarily at the club to begin his coaching career with the academy but recently signed non-contract terms, still has something to offer, despite having turned 35 last month.

“I don’t think he’s going to be running down channels and running around all over,” the Town boss said. “But he keeps the ball up the pitch. He doesn’t allow the ball to come back easily.

“I don’t know if he could do that for 90 minutes, but he’s a good target and he’s got a goal in him. Certainly if you put crosses in the box he’s very good in the air.”

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muccletonjoe added 06:27 - Sep 21
It would be a big suprise to a lot of people if paul taylor went out on loan , if Anderson plays well tomorrow however, I really can't see a way back for him at the moment other than sub appearances

Rentaghost added 07:16 - Sep 21
loan moves for all our fringe players is good. the reserve league is poor.

Ipswich24 added 08:17 - Sep 21
I don't understand this at all. It is obvious Mick don't like Taylor or he would of got more game time. He is potentially our best player, only one with genuine pace, I think would be excellent away from home because his pace on the break would be great weapon. We are never going to score goals away from home in open play as we are too pedestrian. He should definatly be ahead of Edwards or Anderson.

Radlett_blue added 08:22 - Sep 21
Hard to see how Taylor can become match fit. The odd 20 minute sub appearance won't do it. Has been a problem keeping fringe players fit ever since reserve football disintegrated.

Tillz9 added 08:42 - Sep 21
How on earth can he say that when Nouble got himself a start. Surely a half fit Taylor would have offered more than he did in the game against Boro. He will never get match sharpness back if he isn't introduced from the bench for 20 mins - 30 min. In my opinion it's a waste of what's potentially a very good player.

John_Portman added 08:52 - Sep 21
good. Some people don't seem to realise that after 11 months of very limited exercise, his body and ability won't be what it once was, he needs time. It hasnt been that long since he's come back. In a few weeks he'll be looking at getting back to his best, but his best wont come until February time. Be patient, its a slow progress. Still great cover to have though.

FriskinPriskin1 added 08:54 - Sep 21
Not a case of Mick not rating Taylor. Even as late as the Notts County friendly it was obvious Taylor hadn't recovered sufficiently to play a full game. The guy even walked with a limp.

Len_Brennan added 09:11 - Sep 21
There may be something more to this. Perhaps the contract Taylor is on is a problem, perhaps Mick just doesn't want players with baggage in the squad or maybe he feels that Taylor will not work hard enough for the team, which seems to be key to the detriment of creativity all through the side - McGoldrick can manage both.
Certaintly you could not justify the amount of minutes Nouble has gotten, ahead of Taylor - notwithstanding his recovery from injury - this season so far unless you judging purely on putting themselves about. I think that it would be inevitable that Taylor would be sold in January if he is sent out on loan now.

strikalite added 09:27 - Sep 21
Agree Ips24 and Len_B above too, strange because he hasn't said that he's not ready as such, he's saying he isn't match fit and can't get into the side to change this, if we lose McG through injury and it could happen at any time, then I'd hate to think what we'd do because we'd have virtually no goal threat going forward...

The side is playing too well for him to get a look in right now? Really? Sorry but that will never be the case in ANY side, as a Manager you are always looking to improve in certain areas....I don't think he fancies him as a player is my conclusion, or his attitude maybe?

jas0999 added 09:42 - Sep 21
I just don't understand why some people have so much faith in Taylor. Prior to his injury he only played a handful of games - certainly not enough to judge his ability long-term. MM has proved that he knows exactly what he is doing - unlike our previous two managers. Therefore, we have to trust Mick on this one. Taylor hasn't looked fit to me.

Robbie12345 added 09:48 - Sep 21
Thats crazy! Send him to league 1 for a month, bring him back fully fit and pop him in the team...

pazelle added 10:08 - Sep 21
All well and good but we had an U21 game on Monday and he didn't play!

We've had such bad luck with our £1 million+ signings recently, surely Taylor can come good!

BillBlue added 10:13 - Sep 21
Sorry, but I agree with 24, Radlet & Tillz and others on this one. I think Mick has a distinct hang up here and hope the cost to us when it comes, as surely as it will, will not be too heavy for us to pay. The very fact that Mick has given so much opportunity to Nouble, a player he signed from nowhere while at Wolves, who were very glad to get rid of him when Mick signed him here and not an ounce to Taylor, a player who was here when Mick arrived speaks volumes. IMO Mick sometimes gives evidence of a closed mind which leaves me in doubt over certain matters but does co-incide with certain events in his past.

Mark added 10:26 - Sep 21
After Taylor's QPR performance (on in the 63rd minute, off in the 86th minute) and subsequent disappearance, it doesn't seem to be looking good for him at Ipswich. It feels like Civelli all over again and could be that he ends up being released (or paid off in the normal Ipswich way).

Did we really pay around £1.5M for Taylor? Is any of that based on appearances or goals I wonder? Again, if we have to pay out loads of money to him or Peterborough for playing him that might be a factor.

Keaneish added 10:54 - Sep 21
Although during that appearance he made at QPR he was blowing hard after 20 mins so completely get he's not ready yet.

That said, it's a mystery why he's not getting 15-20 minutes here and there. Have to agree that bringing on Taylor for the last quarter of the game here and there will stretch teams. I thought he'd have come on against boro but Tunnicliffe made way for Tabb!?

He has to get minutes sooner rather than later.

thebeat added 10:59 - Sep 21
Somethings wrong here for me.Nouble has the ball control of a 5 year old but hes ahead of Taylor in the pecking order? I smell a free transfer back to Peterborough in January. Id even play Taylor ahead of Anderson. Dont see what he gives us,hes slower than Edwards,doesnt work back like Carlos does, isnt a goal threat from long range and doesnt get crosses in.

NoelTheDub added 11:45 - Sep 21
Something wrong on this one.MM said he needs games and refuses to give him 15 or 20 min in 6 games.I also dont know who going to take a player on loan who MM thinks cant play 10min for us.We need a taylor in our squad full stop, as we are not blessed with pace up front and murf will play great now and again and nouble is not doing anything.IF taylor goes out on loan get someone in end of story....

hollywoodginge added 12:20 - Sep 21
If you look at all of our matches so far, honestly, when have we been in a luxury position to get him on for the sole purpose of getting match fitness? When have we been in a commanding enough position in any game to 'carry' a player? Do it at 3-0 up and coasting by all means but for the good of the team he needs to sit out and be patient, his chance will come it's up to him then how he takes it.

Garv added 12:54 - Sep 21
Stick him on the right hand side.

Michael11 added 14:56 - Sep 21
Don't know what to make of this. If we were playing THAT well then why did we make 5 changes to the line up? Players like Nouble and Edwards got their chance and played terrible so why not give Taylor a game? We need someone who can unlock a defence and I can't see much of that in our current midfield.

oldelsworthyfan added 15:09 - Sep 21
It's a long season and we should be patient.

Many of us would like to see what Taylor - and Wordsworth - can do. I'm sure they will get their chances when MM thinks it's right for them and for the team. Trust MM to look after these assets so they are there when they are needed. Coming back from a serious injury always takes longer than you think. There is no point in putting Taylor on until he can do himself justice.

theobald1985 added 18:05 - Sep 21
think we would be better entering a reserve team at competitive non league level.
all the teams would raise there game and all the team are trying to progress up the leagues themselves

TimmyH added 19:40 - Sep 21
No 'immediate' plans to put him out on loan - that means sooner or later he's going out on loan and I don't get 'the teams being playing well so he can't get on' - really that's why Noubles been playing up front! fit or not he wouldn't have had less of an impact on games than what Frank has!
£1.75M player soon to be playing else where I fear.

IamSpartacus added 09:37 - Sep 22
The simple point here is that, if Taylor applied himself, he could get to the point where he was fit enough to play and get match fitness. He was blowing out of his hole against QPR and he has to take some responsibility for himself.

All that said, quite why people think Taylor will be the 'cure-all' is a puzzle to me. When he played those few early games he didn't look much of a goal threat. Yes he ran a lot but so does Mo Farah, but he wouldn't be good in the starting 11. I agree we need more pace, but with the recent history of Taylor, I wonder if McCarthy's issue is more with Taylors poor attitude rather than anything else- hopefully not another Chopra in the making....

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