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McCarthy: No Chance of Lawrence Being at Town Next Season
Thursday, 20th Apr 2017 15:04

Town boss Mick McCarthy says there’s “not a chance” that 11-goal top scorer Tom Lawrence will be at Portman Road next season.

The 23-year-old has enjoyed a hugely successful season-long spell on loan from Leicester and McCarthy says the Wales international will now be looking to make the step up into the Premier League.

“No chance, I think,” McCarthy said when asked about the likelihood of the Blues looking to make Lawrence, who has a year left on his Leicester contract, a permanent addition in the summer.

“For one, I think Tom will have his heart on the Premier League and I think he’ll get that.

“And if they are going to sell him, there’ll be a lot of takers. Tom’s been brilliant, we’ve all loved him, everybody’s really appreciated what he’s done, but I think he’s got his heart set on Premier League football. And why wouldn’t he? So I would say there’s not a chance.”

In January, a host of clubs were reported to be interested in the former Manchester United trainee, including Cardiff, QPR, Leeds, Sunderland, Newcastle and Derby.

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JackSted added 15:06 - Apr 20
How to break every single Town fans' hearts in one sentence.

By Mick McCarthy - 2017

itfcinwales added 15:08 - Apr 20
its like hes given up without even trying, at least put a cheeky bid and you never know he just be persuaded.

"can't win the raffle, if you don't buy a ticket"

hoppy added 15:09 - Apr 20
Last season it was Fraser... this season it's been Lawrence... I expect we'll see another similar loanee next season. The fact we've had those, along with some of the others we've had, such as Huws, shows that Mick can still pick out a decent player, and has enough about him to persuade those players to come and play for him for a season, so if he is going to be here, more of this type of player would be good.

essextractorboy93 added 15:11 - Apr 20
Everyone knows this was always going to be the case, no point denying it, we have all been saying this for the last few months! Think Leicester will have a look at him in pre season for sure.

Huws on the other hand is a realistic signing!

bontcho added 15:13 - Apr 20
No point hanging on all summer then missing out on realistic targets, like Huws (I hope). We've done best recently when we've done all or virtually all our business early.

MickMillsTash added 15:13 - Apr 20
We rely too much on players like Lawrence / Fraser
If McCarthy does NOT pull a rabbit out of the hat again then we would be struggling a lot more- odds are that he won't I guess

Vancouver_Blue added 15:14 - Apr 20
Will Williams be back next season?

cat added 15:21 - Apr 20
This is no surprise at all, and fair play to MM for his honesty on this one. We have shown recently that we can play without Lawrence, so although his been a massive part of this season, life goes on.

BotesdaleBlue added 15:35 - Apr 20
I'm a little sick and tired of our best outfield player being a loan player that we have no hope of signing every year ( at least whilst we remain a Championship side). This year it is Lawrence, last year Fraser and the year before that Williams (who may now possibly be a target signing two years on I conceed).

I want us to play our own players, promoting youth as musch as possible, and where we do bring in loan players, I want there to at least be a realistic possibility of a permanant signing at the end of the deal if it works out.

12th_Man added 15:36 - Apr 20
No surprise really as knew we were not going to be signing him after loan move on

NBVJohn added 15:42 - Apr 20
In other news, day follows night and it hurts if you bang your head against a brick wall.

Sam added 15:46 - Apr 20
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It will take a lot to find a better, faster, skillful player than Tom.

hampstead_blue added 15:49 - Apr 20
Nothing like honesty.

He was never going to stay, anyone who thought otherwise was on the sherry.

therein61 added 16:04 - Apr 20
Lawrence has bagged 11 goals(I believe correct me if wrong) in a poor side I wonder how many he would have scored in a side showing some attack minded play and where we would be in the league!?

Bluebell added 16:12 - Apr 20
I wouldn't be surprised if he goes back to Leicester. New manager, maybe they will think he can be useful for them.

A great player who seems to bring out the best in other players. Without his goals we would really be in the doodoo now.

bigolconnor added 16:35 - Apr 20
I bet he's playing against us next season

jocasaja added 16:56 - Apr 20
Mick could be playing it down and it still might be a nice surprise signing !

Bluetone added 17:15 - Apr 20
Way out of our price range gonna cost a lot more than a couple of quid and a box of smarties.

jas0999 added 17:33 - Apr 20
All the very best to Lawrence who will almost certainly be playing in the PL or a top Championship side next season. Sadly won't be us, but no surprise. He wasn't ever coming back.

jabberjackson added 17:33 - Apr 20
Good luck to him in the Premier
He deserves it
He should be revered for what he has done this season, us!
Ryan Fraser has done brilliantly this season, and I've enjoyed watching his progress
Hope TL signs for a decent team

rfretwell added 17:34 - Apr 20
Jocasaja, jig on, there's no way! If Leicester have any sense they wont be selling him. Newcastle did well to stop him running at their defence on monday. But if Redmond can make an impact in the Prem I am sure Tom can eventually.

corfu72 added 17:45 - Apr 20
Must give MM credit for getting Lawrence in the first place.By far one of the best players in the championship this season,but deserves better.

MickMillsTash added 18:00 - Apr 20
Good point Corfu
If you look at how he did for Blackburn last year- McCarthy has looked at him and put him a role suited to his talents and he is playing very well - McCarthy may P1ss off a lot of the fans but he does seem to make the players happy

walberblue added 18:21 - Apr 20
the headline should read "McCarthy: No Ambition or Money at Town Next Season "

nobody would want him in the Premiership, and what is he really worth £3-4m at most. Look at Brighton they bought one or two players at this level so its not impossible. Spend some cash on a player that is likely to increase in value in the right enviroment....

Biggest problem is Tom wouldn't want to stay having seen the lack of ambition, investment and football at ITFC. will end up at a Championship side....

there really is no point in supporting Town

spanishblue added 19:10 - Apr 20
As i recall it Fraser was a sicknote for over half the season,at least Lawrence has been playing most of the season,apart from being a star performer,get real he will get a very good offer from more than a penny pinching outfit such as us,by the way MM got him here so thats a hats off to Mick on that score plus Huws as well ,shame hes not going to play a few kids now things are sorted

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