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McCarthy: Bish Has to Get Back to 2014/15 Form
Wednesday, 15th Feb 2017 17:11

Town boss Mick McCarthy has challenged Teddy Bishop to get back to the form which made him his first choice central midfielder two seasons ago.

The 20-year-old, who broke into the first team in 2014/15 and quickly established himself as a regular, has endured a frustrating time with injuries since then, most recently an ankle problem which he suffered in mid-December.

However, the academy product is fit again but was left out of the 18 at Brighton on Tuesday having travelled with the squad.

“He’s got to get in the 18 and get in the team, show me that’s where he wants to be,” McCarthy told BBC Radio Suffolk following the game at the Amex.

“Two years ago it was Teddy Bishop and somebody else. Well, he’s got to get back to that and I’m hoping that’ll be the case. I know he’s had a lot of time out with injuries but he’s got to get back in.”

Bishop missed all but four games of last season - two starts and two games from the bench in April and May - and has made only six starts and 12 sub appearances this term.

Does McCarthy feel the Cambridge-born youngster has lost his focus? “I don’t know. It does happen, you have an injury and you get down the pecking order.

“Well, the only way to get back up the pecking order is to break your nuts in training and to make sure you’re in my eyeline and TC’s eyeline so we’re going ‘Wow!’.

“Because that’s what happens. If you think it’s just based on matches, that’s impossible, it’s how people are in training on a daily basis. That’s what I judged it on, he’s got to get back in.”

McCarthy, who doesn’t view Bishop as a potential replacement for Tom Lawrence during the Blues’ top scorer’s two-game absence through suspension having reached 10 bookings, added: “I want him back in, I want him with that hunger, that desire to be back in my team and to be the best player in it because he has the ability to be that.”

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Kikapu added 17:24 - Feb 15
Oh dear. I was hoping he'd get a bit of time against Leeds, but that doesn't look like happening for a while. I hope he begins to listen to good advice and starts working hard again.

NoCanariesAllowed added 17:28 - Feb 15
I dearly hope Teddy doesn't just end up being another Danny Haynes or Josh Carson. Someone who shows huge promise in the early days but then ends up falling out of our team and gets sold to the lower leagues. Teddy really looked capable of being a crucial player in this team given how influential he was in 2014/15 - I would hate to see that injury snuff out his spark.

muccletonjoe added 17:28 - Feb 15
He does have the ability but if he doesnt show something soon i fear his chance has gone

BlueandTruesince82 added 17:31 - Feb 15
Teddy is still young. I don't thin we should read to much into Mick saying this, every player needs to show they should be in the team.

Teddy has had a tough time and is still on the comeback trail to some extent, still early days

hoppy added 17:35 - Feb 15
I guess Douglas must've been really cracking the nuts in training then...

happybeingblue added 17:38 - Feb 15
i wasnt at all surprised bishop wasnt in the squad last night, you cant just get in without doing anything when you play, and old Brenna on radio Suffolk was blowing his horn from past glories, maybe he would benefit from going out on loan too,possibly hyam as well, we cant carry people at the moment!

therein61 added 17:46 - Feb 15
He could work himself 1/2 to death but you would still play Skuse or Douglas ahead of him!! just the incentive a young player needs!!!!!!

blueherts added 17:54 - Feb 15
None of us know what happens in training an behind the scenes .To even mention hom in same vein is Lawrence is crazy .Lawrence is as good a player to play for us in years . Destined for bigger things . Ted needs to just focus on pushing ahead of Huws which looking at Huws past few games may be tough . Talent alone aint enough in life . I hope he makes it cos he was on the right track afew seasons back . Def best youth prospect we have had in a while .Go show em Ted !

PortmanTerrorist added 18:16 - Feb 15
As I have been happy to pick holes in daft comments/decisions Mick has been making in recent times, I have to at least commend him for coming out and saying this......providing he has already told Bish that. If he has then hopefully it uis the nudge Bish needs as 2 years ago he looked like like decent Premiership material at the very least. He is a game changer at this level when on his game so let's back Mick on this and hope to see Bish back in and right at it very soon.

hampstead_blue added 18:16 - Feb 15
It does show that MM and TC have a rather one sided view of how people train and play.

Both are different.

I am sure there are plenty of players who train in a relaxed manner yet perform like Gods on match day. Others may train like demons yet not have the talent or ability when it comes to the match.

Anyone can run until they puke, but not everyone can make the right decision and have bravery when playing in a game situation.

This seems to me to be a rather narrow and crude view of leadership.

Kikapu added 18:36 - Feb 15
Do you think they don't that hampstead blue?

pointofblue added 18:39 - Feb 15
That's a clip around the ear from Mick. Obviously he feels Bishop isn't quite firing on all cylinders - maybe he wasn't overrly impressed with his effort in the under 23s either? But it's a redeemable warning; keep working and it'll come together.

cooper89 added 18:53 - Feb 15
It’s fairly obvious Mick has come out with this today because people are starting to ask why Teddy Bishop is being left out of the team. I saw Teddy play in the under 23’s 8-0 defeat of Watford a week last Monday. He played the full 90 minutes, and looked fit enough to me. I thought he was outstanding, both going forward and defensively, and he worked hard throughout. He was a joy to watch. He was badly fouled so many times that, at 80 minutes, I couldn’t understand why he wasn’t taken off, as he was at serious risk of being injured again. It’s always going to be challenging coming back from a string of injuries - harder still if your manager seems to want make some sort of example out of you, or to take you down a peg or two, which is how this statement from Mick comes across. Some players might respond well to this sort of hard man tactic, but not many.

dirtyboy added 19:29 - Feb 15
Can't imagine Mick not being anything other than honest and regardless of how players think of their manager, the fact is, they must respect them and what they say.

Lightningboy added 20:33 - Feb 15
Shame he's so powder puff..probably going to be one of those who spends most of his career on the treatment table.

tractorlad23 added 20:46 - Feb 15
I find it hard to see this constructive/encouraging for young Bish. Some fans (and maybe MM too) would do well to bear in mind that he is 20 years old. He's been under an awful lot of scrutiny lately as if to suggest he's enjoyed set back after set back. Like others, I don't know what goes on behind the scenes but I can imagine being injured has been immensely frustrating, especially last season after his cracking breakthrough into the first team. I've seen comments recently which have doubted his ability.
When he has been played this season I've seen hoof ball tactics deny him the chance of performing anywhere near his capabilities. Don't think Bish should be wrapped in cotton wool but lets stop giving the kid unwarranted abuse and get behind him. He is likely going through a time tougher than fans can comprehend.
I have every faith Bish will be a footballing star but if management don't provide the support he needs I hope he will go to a club where he is valued and his talent is nurtured, not wasted.

wayway added 21:24 - Feb 15
He has probably had all his natural ability coached out of him with this clown running the club

PJewellisaGod added 22:20 - Feb 15
Hard to see how he can't get in the team ahead of Douglas. As has already been said, we can't see what's going on in training. But Douglas has been very poor lately.

budgieplucker added 22:48 - Feb 15
I am with @cooper89 on this, I too watched the u23s against Watford the other night and whilst Bish didn't get on the scoresheet he was more than outstanding, I thought he was the best player on the pitch by a country mile. He never ever stopped running and didn't give a ball away all night and put in some fearsome tackles, on that performance it is difficult to see what else he can do to prove he is ready. MM was quick to comment on Danny Rowe who had a fair 45 minutes with a nice couple of runs and assist, very disappointing that he couldn't acknowledge Teddy's contribution, unless he thought he could go out on loan to Braintree as well.

Teddy is still a class player but you need others capable of playing football around you to also make it happen in the championship, the wooden top twins aka skuglass are hardly on the same wavelength as Teddy. Ironically we have the better players now to compliment Teddy and help get the best out of him.

I can only think this is MM manipulating the situation to give excuses to bring back Cole and Duggie.

mikewright2 added 23:07 - Feb 15
I too concur. Bishop is the type of player who will get the ball down on the deck and pass the ball round and make things happen. I feel like he is struggling to do so with the way MM plays which is frustrating. I think Mick is being hard on him for no reason and he needs to be in the squad. Watching Bish, he is always in space screaming for the ball but nothing happens. Think he will be a quality player but feel MM is ruining him. Give him a chance Mick

harlingblue added 02:46 - Feb 16
The U23 game against Watford was the first time that Teddy Bishop has looked anywhere near the standard of two years ago. In that game he was a pleasure to watch, now is the time for him to do it on a regular basis, earning him a place in the !st team squad, based on current performances, not those of two years ago. Tommy Smith will be busting a gut to get back in the squad, we need Teddy to have that same desire?

Brownie added 06:21 - Feb 16
He showed great potential and has been unlucky with injuries. Still plenty of time to realise that potential & MM is right to try all methods to motivate him.
Pleased to hear from those that were there that he was outstanding the other day at U23 level. Here's hoping he has better luck with injuries & has the grit required to make it at this level & better. Overall it is down to him & that little bit of luck that any player needs.

PS...surely Mick won't be picking Skuse/Douglas again! I doubt that will happen - Skuse yes especially with the big fella not available against Leeds but not Douglas..


Superfrans added 09:27 - Feb 16
There are a lot of views of Bish in the U23 game the other night. With respect, that's the U23s. It's great if he looked fit and up for it. But he does need to show that more regularly. There's no point stepping up in the U23s and then coasting in the reserves.

There seems to be some suggestion that Mick is picking on him. No he's not. Bishop is old enough to be a first team regular and needs to show the hunger to get into the first team. It's not good enough to play well in occasional U23 games, wave your "I'm an academy boy" flag and hope that's enough. Professional sport is a meritocracy. he needs to show he can compete with the big boys.

oldelsworthyfan added 10:45 - Feb 16
It always takes time to be fully fit after a serious injury. He is young and there is no need to rush him or injuries will dog his whole career.. Maybe more time spent in the gym building up his strength? Anyway, MM knows what he's doing over Bishop's rehabilitation into the first team.

Michael11 added 11:04 - Feb 16
He's a young lad who's been told how wonderful he is since he was 16 years old. This is probably just MM's way of keeping his feet on the floor and making him realise he needs to knuckle down. I hope he can get back to that form because he was such a key player.

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