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McCarthy Confirms Pringle to Join on Loan
Thursday, 11th Feb 2016 14:43

Town boss Mick McCarthy says he expects to sign Fulham’s Ben Pringle on loan in time for Saturday’s game at Bristol City. TWTD first revealed that the Blues were targeting the 26-year-old on Tuesday.

“I’m trying to take Ben Pringle from Fulham, who was at Rotherham last season,” McCarthy said.

“I actually enquired about bringing him here this season but I think the deal with Fulham was already done. I’m hoping to get him in, he’ll give us adequate cover down that side.”

The Town boss says the deal should be done by the weekend with Pringle coming in as cover for Ryan Fraser, although he says he's not a like-for-like replacement for the sidelined Scotland U21 international.

“He’s left-sided midfield player really,” he said. “Let’s clear it up, he’s not Ryan Fraser. I’ve had that discussion with him today and he fully understands that.

“But he can give you that balance on the left-hand side, he can play narrow, he can play on the inside and he has a terrific left foot, he can put great crosses in. So if we’re playing with our strikers, they should get plenty of service.”

Pringle, who will wear the number 15 shirt while with the Blues, is set to join for an initial month but with the option for the deal to be extended to the end of the season.

With central midfield pair Cole Skuse and Giles Coke both injured, he says he has been on the lookout for another loan signing but with no one yet lined-up to come in.

“I’ve had a look but we’ve not got anybody in this week and we’ve enquired,” he added. “Luke Hyam might be fit with his calf and Dougie has only got this game to sit out as well.

“Thankfully, it looks even better, we’ve got the one game and then we don’t have a game until Hull. We’ve got to make sure we take care of this one first.”

McCarthy wouldn’t be drawn into discussing the Blues’ move for free agent wideman Lloyd Dyer - “If he’s in the building you’ll find out and you’ll know all about it!” - and says he expects keeper Michael Crowe to join Braintree for a second month, despite reports that the extension to his spell with the Vanarama National League side is on hold due to a knee problem.

“I spoke to him this morning and he was telling me what games he’s got. He’s got Barrow-in-Furness. He didn’t know where it was, I’ve just enlightened him and now he’s got a knee injury!" the Town boss joked. “He’s all right, as far as I’m concerned he’s going back there.”

He says there’s been no further interest in taking any of his other young players on loan: “No, none of them, but to be honest, this week of all weeks I wouldn’t be encouraging any of them to go back out on loan.”

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dubblue added 14:46 - Feb 11
A positive development and I like Mick's honesty when he said “Let’s clear it up, he’s not Ryan Fraser. I’ve had that discussion with him today and he fully understands that."

SamWhiteUK added 14:46 - Feb 11
"If we're playing with our stikers"

I hope we're going to play some strikers Mick!

Europablue added 14:58 - Feb 11
Hopefully some nice crisp passing from Pringle.

legoman added 15:11 - Feb 11
Pringle Ben, Pringle Ben, Pringle all the way...ey CIL

Europablue added 15:22 - Feb 11
Might chip in with some goals too.

legoman added 15:26 - Feb 11
The crowd can do a Pringle (mexican) wave

caught-in-limbo added 15:29 - Feb 11
Exactly Legoman - Pringle ALL the way!

...Oh what fun it is to see Ben Pringle play to today. Oh...

Pringle Ben, Pringle Ben, Pringle ALL the way!

Seasider added 15:31 - Feb 11
This is getting more like Jewells tenure,dealing in the emergency loan window and trying to bring in players that are out of contract.(Although league position much better)

The most unusual development is that we are now learning of players that he hopes to get,whereas previously only heard when deal was done.

Kesgraveblue57 added 15:48 - Feb 11
Hooray we have just signed a Fulham reserve on loan, a man that turned us down Ipswich wasn't good enough for him, so we now have X Rotherham star in our ranks the only way is down I would suggest

Bluebell added 16:06 - Feb 11
So Kesgraveblue you are able to judge him before he has kicked a ball for us! Well done.

Having seen him at Rotherham I think he will be a good signing.

Great song CIL.

Beattiesballbag added 16:18 - Feb 11
“Let’s clear it up, he’s not Ryan Fraser. I’ve had that discussion with him today and he fully understands that".

Why did Pringle think he was Fraser, has he been smoking wacky backy?

sidtheswan added 16:26 - Feb 11
Excellent . Need all the help we can get .

busterjames added 17:08 - Feb 11
so its in the can ! pringles signed !!! good move
Glad dyer deal fell on its arse !

jas0999 added 17:09 - Feb 11
Good luck to him.

Interesting we are now scrapping around for signings. We should have been proactive and planned ahead for potential injuries. Having a small squad is bound to be problematic, whilst we had a shortfall of two players in January when we should have been strengthening. Will Evans Learn from this? I doubt it.

NoCanariesAllowed added 17:17 - Feb 11
Think this is where the refusal to make signings 'for the sake of it' looks misguided. Not sure any signing is 'for the sake of it' if you don't have sufficient backup to cope with a potential injury crisis. Not that you want an overbloated squad, but plenty of us saw this coming - particularly given it's the same thing that has given us problems in previous seasons.

greenkingtone added 17:29 - Feb 11
I'll look forward to hearing Mick Mills analysis on Saturday then.

LuciBlue added 18:14 - Feb 11

Green_Army added 18:49 - Feb 11
More statistics from myself, this time comparing Fraser with Pringle and if he can be seen as a direct replacement. I will show statistics for both 2014/15 and 2015/16 for Pringle to give a better understanding of his ability longer term.

FRASER (Ipswich 2015/16):

Games: 18
Minutes Played: 1239
Goals Scored (per 90 mins): 0.29
Assists (per 90 mins): 0.15
Total Shots (per 90 mins): 2.83
Chances Created (per 90 mins): 2.47
Pass Completion Average: 73%.
Tackles Won (per 90 mins): 0.58
Yellow Cards: 3 (average one every 6 games)

PRINGLE (Rotherham 2014/15 & Fulham 2015/16):

Games: 55
Minutes Played: 4168
Goals Scored (per 90 mins): 0.11
Assists (per 90 mins): 0.15
Total Shots (per 90 mins): 1.01
Chances Created (per 90 mins): 2.53
Pass Completion Average: 80%.
Tackles Won (per 90 mins): 1.34
Yellow Cards: 7 (average one every 7.9 games)

Things to take from the statistics:

> Fraser is a bigger threat in front of goal, scoring on 62% more goals than Pringle.
> However creatively both players are matched, with identical assist averages and just 2% separating chances created.
> Shots at goal is another area Fraser dominates though, shooting on average 64% more than Pringle.
> Defensively Pringle is showing the better figures, winning on average 57% more tackles than Fraser and picking up less yellow cards in the process.

Pringle isn't as quick as Fraser so it's unlikely he will be beating players like Ryan does and in fact Pringle has registered just 11 successful 'take ons' (average 0.24 per 90 mins) in those 45 games compared to Fraser's 14 (average 1.02 per 90 mins) this season alone.

Looking at these stats it will be interesting to see how MM lines up in future matches, as it's clear he is not a straight swap. Let's all get behind the lad!

dirtydingusmagee added 19:48 - Feb 11
greenkingtone, yep wonder how many times he says Pringle wrong, probably call him Quaver or Mini cheddar ! i liked him as player ,played his heart out for Town but personally ,nice bloke that he is i really dont rate him on Radio Suffik .

Ipswich58 added 19:54 - Feb 11
Didn't we have Henshall and where's the see irish lad? MM's transfer dealings largely a joke

1psw1ch added 20:31 - Feb 11
This is a sour and cream deal

Slambo added 20:34 - Feb 11
Ipswich58 - Mings, Sears, Pitman, Chambers, Skuse, Fraser...yeah, McCarthy's transfer dealings largely a joke...

dannysigma added 21:30 - Feb 11
Thanks Green Army - that's superb!

JimmyJooJarJee added 22:39 - Feb 11
Slambo - add Berra, McGoldrick and Murphy to the mix :)

sindrek74 added 14:18 - Feb 12
It will be nice to see Pringle in the squad for Saturday. It will be a though game. We do need 3 points, but I'm not quite sure we'll get it. Nice that the game will be aired in Norway. I'm really looking forward to it. It would be nice to se them play a more attractive kind of football, but as long as MM is by the helm, I can't see that happening.

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