Too Similar Diagouraga Unlikely to Return
Friday, 5th May 2017 17:54
Midfielder Toumani Diagouraga appears unlikely to return to the Blues in the summer with manager Mick McCarthy suggesting that the 29-year-old, who went back to his parent club Leeds earlier in the week having suffered a groin injury, is too similar to Cole Skuse.
McCarthy has said he wants to bring Emyr Huws, who has been on loan from Cardiff, back to Portman Road in the summer, but played down the chances of the Frenchman, who made 10 starts and two sub appearances after signing on loan in January, returning.
Diagouraga has another year left on his Elland Road contract but will almost certainly be made available by the Whites.
“He does a similar job to Skusey, sitting,” McCarthy said. “He might be a bit different, maybe a bit more passing forward but Skusey does that [role].
“What did Cantona call them, the water carriers? Everybody wants one in the team. He called Didier Deschamps that so that’s no insult.
“They’re fairly similar so I’ve got to be careful what I do because of the size of the squad and the budget that I’m going to have, and I’m not quite certain of that yet.
“Emyr’s added something different to us, he’s certainly added a forward thrust and scored goals.”
Striker Brett Pitman, 29, has rarely featured in recent weeks but McCarthy says that’s largely as he wanted to look at January signing from Forest Green Rovers Kieffer Moore and Dominic Samuel, who is on loan from Reading.
“I kind of know what Brett can do,” the Town manager said. “The reason I put Kieffer on there the other day was that we weren’t going to break Sheffield Wednesday down other than a ball in the box and knock something down.
“And Dominic Samuel’s been around as well, so I’ve wanted to look at the two lads, knowing full well what Brett gives me.
“And what players don’t give you as well. That’s a part of the management as well. But they’ve all got a chance [for Sunday], we’ll see what we’ve got tomorrow.”
Midfielder Teddy Bishop has had another tough, injury-hit year and McCarthy says the 20-year-old, who made a huge impression in the 2014/15 play-off campaign having broken into the first team early on, has a big 2017/18 ahead of him.
“I think I sat here at the end of last season and said exactly the same and it’s just been one injury after the other with him, it’s been really sad. He’s found it difficult,” the Blues boss reflected.
“Luke Hyam’s the same, Luke Hyam just got nerve damage [to his knee] at Cambridge and who would have thought that he would never have played in the first team all season long?”
McCarthy says the pair will have to come back and go again at the start of pre-season in late June.
“I’ve no worries about Hyamsy, that’s for sure, he’s just about ready to do something but he’s not going to be involved. He’ll come back and he’ll be as fit as a flea,” he said.
“I think before [the recent injury problems] he was very resolute and tough and didn’t get injuries and then he had that knock, then he came back, looked really good, he blocked a shot on the line and he did his ankle ligaments. He’s had terrible luck this season.”
While McCarthy has announced that a number of players whose deals are up this summer, including Jonathan Douglas, Giles Coke, Paul Digby and Leon Best, will be moving on, he says none of his players who are in-contract have been told to actively find themselves new clubs: “There’ll be a few that if they get clubs I’ll talk to them about it, but no.”
Please report offensive, libellous or inappropriate posts by using the links provided.
You need to login in order to post your comments
Blogs 269 bloggers
Football's Financial Crisis by Stowmarket
I have been watching English football for over 40 years, from top-tier to non-league. In that time it has faced many low points, including mass hooliganism and stadium deaths in tragedies such as Hillsborough and Valley Parade.
Green’Un With Envy by ElephantintheRoom
I guess you have to be of a certain age to remember the Green’Un. Those brought up in the era of the Internet might struggle to understand the excitement of hearing a possibly still-damp newspaper of greenish hue drop through the letter box on a Saturday evening.
Return of the Posh Messiah? - Peterborough Away Preview by portmantales
Classic standing terraces, a reckless Lee Martin and of course Darren Ferguson. These are the things that first come to mind when I think of Peterborough.
Heart of Darkness by Stowmarket
Joseph Conrad’s short novel Heart of Darkness is one of my favourite books. It is based on the real events which the writer experienced first-hand while travelling up the Congo river. It asks serious questions about empire-building and racism.
Ha'way the Draw – Sunderland Home Preview by portmantales
Saturday sees Jack Ross finally enter the Portman Road dugout; some would argue 12 months too late. After a successful siege of Burton, today we delve into the fortunes of a Sunderland team that played 61 games in their last campaign and came away empty handed.
Ipswich Town Polls
[ Vote here ]