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Barnsley Linked With Town Target Samuel
Monday, 3rd Jul 2017 21:50

Barnsley are reported to have joined Town in showing interest in former Blues loanee Dominic Samuel.

TWTD reported in May that Town boss Mick McCarthy was keen to make the 23-year-old a permanent member of his squad following his half-season loan from Reading.

Now, according to The Sun, the Tykes are also keen on Samuel, who is contracted to the Royals until the summer of 2018, but with the Blues remaining the favourites to land the London-born former England U19 international.

Samuel’s loan spell at Portman Road got off to an unfortunate start when he suffered a broken toe - although by that time he had already scored a hat-trick on his U23s debut - but he subsequently impressed McCarthy in training and went on to make two first-team starts and four sub appearances without scoring.

Speaking at the first day of pre-season training last Monday, McCarthy said players would have to leave before “too many others” come in and it may well be that the Blues need to offload Brett Pitman - who along with Kevin Bru we understand has been told he can move on if he can find a new club - before another striker can be signed, Joe Garner already having joined from Rangers this summer.

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iaintaylorx added 22:00 - Jul 3
No thanks. A proben goalscorer instead please, or give the kids a chance. Much better than this bloke!

casanovacrow added 22:00 - Jul 3
Good. I didn't see enough in him to suggest he'd be pushing for a first team place.

Archer4721 added 22:18 - Jul 3

"Offloading" Pitman isn't going to be easy. He's one of our highest earners still under contract.

Wouldn't surprise me if he's still here come start of season.

Cloddyseedbed added 22:28 - Jul 3
No to Samuel thanks. I agree Pitmans going to end up probably being a problem.

PJewellisaGod added 22:28 - Jul 3
Samuel has shown the odd moment of class (ball control, acceleration etc) but hasn't made a good start with us. Very poor ratings overall and yet to score a goal. He'd have to do a lot to turn round that initial impression.

Bluebell added 08:27 - Jul 4
I wasn't very impressed when I saw him play.

We certainly don't want another 'Giles Coke' type player. Someone who gets injured and is not very good when he is able to play.

shakytown added 08:31 - Jul 4
Would rather keep Pitman and play the ball on the ground. He will score if we stop playing hoofball.

planetblue_2011 added 08:40 - Jul 4
Just keep Pitman as our 4th striker!!
Don't know why Mick wants to get rid of him for he is a goal scorer.
Doesn't he run enough that's why he wants to get rid.
it's all garbage, I like Pitman he needs to play more Mick ffs!!

Michael11 added 09:05 - Jul 4
Surprised someone as good as Barnsley wants him. He's cack.

blues1 added 09:19 - Jul 4
Actually think he showed some good touches at times, but having for injured early in his time here he didn't get enough game time to show what he can do. And maybe if, as seems possible, we are gonna change ourcstuje of play, that may help too as im not sure our style of play last season suited him. Planetblue, the fact is that Pitman wants to go, so no point trying to keepvsome1 who doesn't want to be here.

dirtydingusmagee added 09:47 - Jul 4
Pitman obviously dosnt fit in to McCarthy's '' good bloke'' pigeon hole. He can and would score goals IF given the service , unfortunately that is not the way McCarthy thinks,.

phillo added 09:52 - Jul 4
Do we genuinely need him ? Hardly ripped up trees when he got the chance at the end of the season ?
Surely keep Pits, utilise our youngsters & spend the budget elsewhere .....
Only look to sign a proven goal scorer (or Lawerence if he really is available for around £1.5m)

legoman added 10:18 - Jul 4
Fingers crossed, he is going to be a great striker.

trevski added 10:26 - Jul 4
Good Barnsley can have him. Did not rate him at all. If we can't offload Pitman it's not the end of the world. I don't mind Pitman, at least he can score occasionally

IpswichTownNL added 10:50 - Jul 4
He played 244 minutes for Town. 201 of those minutes where in the last 3 games when everyone was in full holiday modus. That, and he came fresh off an injury. Obvious he hasn’t impressed anyone but it safe to say we haven’t been able to judge him properly.

Lathers added 13:02 - Jul 4
Come on Mick, you've been doing Ok with the signings so far... please don't revert back to signing 'squad players' who aren't actually good enough to beat League two teams in the cups.

Len_Brennan added 13:12 - Jul 4
i think he has something and may turn out to be a very decent striker, but like a few others have said, it's hard to judge based on the game time he got and the fact that he was coming off an injury.
Chris Wood came here on loan 2 years ago, following an injury. He wasn't up to playing more than a half & when he did play looked rusty, although had a presence and positional sense to cause problems for opposing defences. In his last 2 games here he was really starting to show his quality, but was still be rounded criticised by many fans.
When a bid of £4.5m came in for an ageing Daryl Murphy that summer (after his 27 goals), I though Wood might be an excellent replacement for him and is about 8 years younger. Ultimately we held onto Murphy at the time and Wood went to Leeds for a bargain £2m. How much is he worth now I wonder?
Ok, I'm not saying Samuel is anyway as good as Wood, but my point is that most players need a bit of time to settle into a new team at the best of times. When you throw in an injury, recuperation and trying to get match fit into the equation it's much much tougher.
As I say, I think he has something and wouldn't be disgusted were we to sign him.
It still wouldn't be a replacement for Murphy though, which I think Ward would have been had we managed to persuade him.

Lightningboy added 15:46 - Jul 4
Simply not good enough..would much rather persevere with Sears in a striking role than this guy.

happybeingblue added 18:01 - Jul 4
if reading dont want him why is he good enough for us surely we should be competing with them not having their cast offs sounds harsh but i dont want maybe he will be good , maybe coke toure digby bajner etc will be good sigh! i mean come on you can normally tell after a couple of games if they have something

runningout added 19:47 - Jul 4
don't wish to be harsh, oh, I will stop there

Daleyitfc added 22:48 - Jul 4

PJewellisaGod added 23:18 - Jul 4
On the Giles Coke front. Seen in Sudbury yesterday. Of course, that's generated the rumour that he is AFC Sudbury bound. But maybe he just likes Sudbury?

Funnily enough, saw him play against AFC in preseason last year. enough said, don't want to be negative.

Billericay12 added 07:10 - Jul 5
We need a proven goal scorer. This guy has no track record of that. His career so far consists of various loans and injuries. Also need a decent left back in my opinion. Knudsen lacks quality and I don't think young Kenlock is up to the job which is a shame as we want the youngsters to succeed. I would like to see us play a 3 5 2.
Back 3 of Chambers, Webster and Smith/Taylor. Spence as right wing back and a new left wing back. Huws, Adeyemi and Celina in the middle and any 2 of Mcgoldrick, Sears, Garner and a new signing up top. Use the pre season to experiment and find best combination.

midastouch added 11:55 - Jul 5
Samuel seemed to have a good positive attitude and outlook judging by what he said in past interviews during his loan spell here, can't fault him there whatsoever. But ultimately a striker is judged on goals rather than what they say. I wouldn't mind us possibly getting him if we could get a good deal but it's a risk as he's by no means proven. I'd obviously rather somebody proven but it seems the ME cupboard is bare again in terms of transfer spending so the £2 million + proven striker we yearn for is looking unlikely. I'm not having a pop as already we have spent more money than I expected this summer, and I really like the look of Celina. But the fact remains, Murphy has never been replaced. I said it in a previous post, I'd rather have one top-class championship striker (albeit there is always the risk of injury putting all your eggs in one basket) rather than 4 or 5 strikers that all struggle to get into double figures. I expect the wages for a proven Championship striker would be no more than the wages of all the strikers we're currently carrying. We've got so many strikers on the books already we'll soon need to send them down to away matches in a separate mini bus! :-)

jas0999 added 21:04 - Jul 5
Not at all impressed. Not good enough. Need better.

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