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McCarthy: Signing Waghorn a No-Brainer
Monday, 7th Aug 2017 16:32

Town boss Mick McCarthy says signing Martyn Waghorn was a no-brainer once he was aware the 27-year-old was available and affordable. The Blues recruited the one-time Sunderland and Leicester man from Rangers earlier today for a fee understood to be around the £1 million mark.

McCarthy admitted that Waghorn wasn’t a player he had been actively keeping tabs on prior to making the move for him last week.

“I hadn’t, but I know Waggy,” the Blues manager said. “We tend to be looking at ones that we don’t know.

“We get names, emails, texts, Whatsapps to us and they’re all ‘Can you have a look at this striker, he’s a got a good left foot, a good right foot, he’s quick, good in the air, scores goals, is good with his back to goal, can drop in, he can drop off, he can defend at corners. And the best thing about him is that he’s on a free transfer!’.

“So I’ve looked at hundreds of those for a while and they can’t do all those things generally when they’re on a free transfer.

“And it came to my attention that Waggy was was available. I’ve always liked him. He was at Sunderland when I was the manager there but I can’t really remember him from that.

“But I remember his time at Leicester certainly and I’ve always admired him. He was brilliant in the game when they beat us 6-0, although they all were, we were particularly poor.

“So I’ve always admired him and watched him and when I was told he might be available and we could afford to do it, it was an absolute no-brainer for me that we could take him, he’s a good player.”

What will he offer? “First and foremost he's one of us that wants to graft hard and put his shift in, he’s a trier, which is a good starting point.

“He’s got good ability, he can play either side but he’s got the number nine, he's going to be the centre forward. That doesn’t mean he’s definitely going to play, he’s got a helluva task on getting in the way Joe and Freddie played on Saturday.

“And Didzy, I’m sure he didn’t feel great on Saturday when he was seeing the other two play.

“But my hope is that I can get two players for every position and if I want to play somebody on Saturday and change them and then play the other two, I think I’ve got that choice now, I think I’ve got players with equal ability.”

McCarthy says he’s available for tomorrow’s Carabao Cup tie at Luton - “He is, we’re waiting for international clearance, but he was registered in time, I'm told” - when he could partner his former Rangers team-mate Joe Garner.

Town fans saw Garner’s all-action, never-give-defenders-a-moment’s-peace approach at Portman Road for the first time on Saturday when he scored a debut winner in the 1-0 victory over Birmingham. Is Waghorn cut from the same cloth?

“I’ll find out when he’s been in the door a little bit longer,” he said. “But I’ve always thought Waggy was a bit the same as that. From the North-East, which is a good breeding ground for that type of player.

“He’s always given me that impression when he’s played against us and I’ve watched him, that he’s that sort.

“They played together for Rangers, I think if they played together - and who knows, it might be Freddie and Didz who are playing - but if those two play together I think they’ll be a handful for anybody.”

Sunderland were reported to be keen to re-sign the South Shields-born frontman, who came through their youth system. Was McCarthy aware of other interest in his new signing?

“I wouldn’t know,” he said. “But I like that if there were. There’s always rumours, aren’t there? And I guess it’s a good negotiating tool, ‘We’ve got about seven other clubs that want to sign him’. ‘Oh, really? We better get our backsides in gear and do it’. There was interest in him, there’s no doubt about that. Yes, yes there was.”

McCarthy says there's been a conscious effort to add a bit of grit to the squad and make a few changes this summer.

“If you went in our building and spoke to all the players, you’d like every one of them, there’s not one of them you wouldn’t find engaging and happy to spend time with,” he added.

“But I don’t want them to be like that on the pitch. I want them to be nasty, horrible, professional, have a bit of arrogance about of them, be a bunch of sods really because the best teams are, let’s make no bones about it.

“The best teams who have won championships, they might play wonderfully, silky football but they generally get about you as well and stop you playing.

“Yes, it was. Pits [Brett Pitman] scored [11 goals for us the year before last]. [I was asked why he was moved on], but I just wanted to change it around and it was an opportunity to do it.

“And I think it brings fresh ideas, fresh legs, fresh minds into the building and people who are ambitious to do well here, not just being here.

“And that’s no fault of Pits’s because he was here and he scored, he didn’t play every week. You can get a bit not so bothered, ‘I’m not going to play…’.

“So it was my ambition to get fresh faces in who want to kickstart their careers. I like the ones that have gone up to Rangers, did all right, Waggy did well actually, I like those type of players. Garns was the same.

“I like people who have something to prove and he’s a good age, 27, he’s in the prime of his career.”

Did Garner having signed from Rangers play a role in attracting Waghorn to Portman Road? Not really but I did ask Joe whether he liked him or he loathed him because if he loathed him it might be pretty stupid bringing him in! Quite clearly he said he liked him.”

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blue75 added 16:44 - Aug 7
Well done not very often I agree with McCarthy but this was a no brainer!!

trevski added 16:46 - Aug 7
Looking forward to seeing him play and get some goals. Seems like he could be a similar player to Kuqi (strong and quick). Like that MM is already calling him Waggy but can we call him Waggles instead xD

TimmyH added 16:47 - Aug 7
Quite happy with this signing, should be interesting how the combination of him and Garner get on - with all of the summer signings fit (whenever that maybe) we could be looking at quite an extensively different team on paper anyway, which might take time to gel.

Always preferred Rangers to Celtic anyway :) Welcome Martyn, lets hope for better times to come.

BobbyBell added 16:48 - Aug 7
Waggy Waggy Waggy!!!

boroughblue added 16:49 - Aug 7
Love everything that MM Has said here.squads starting to take decent shape. Personally in a state of cautious optimism after the last couple of days. Keep it going town!

greenkingtone added 16:51 - Aug 7
Garner and Waghorn is also a no brainer with Sears and Didz on the bench.

theblueginger added 16:52 - Aug 7
He looks like the workhorse who gets his head down and runs at people. I like that in a player.

planetblue_2011 added 16:55 - Aug 7
Get in there didn't see this coming.
Welcome aboard Waggy😃
We have our 4 strikers, now lets see what they can do.
Good signing Mick, I think haha

Mark added 17:03 - Aug 7
Perhaps in hindsight we can be glad some of the loan attempts failed, as far better to have a permanent player like this. Credit to McCarthy for signing him and Evans for funding the deal.

dukey44 added 17:04 - Aug 7
It's been a long time since I've ever been encouraged by new signings and now we have had descent signings and we've spent some money so Mick prove us wrong at last !!!

coolcat added 17:27 - Aug 7
Fantastic deal! Remember him in the Wigan side 14/15 season. Quality player. Sort of player you'd want on your side. Looking forward to seeing him play. Great signing. :)

tractorboybig added 17:28 - Aug 7
Give them both a chance and hope they fit the bill and onwards BUT rangers and Scottish football are at the pits and well fingers crossed

itsonlyme added 17:30 - Aug 7
Dukey44 - agree totally. I was sceptical a few days ago but another signing and I'm beginning to feel a little happier. Still think we need perhaps two more to cover every position but hey ho onwards and onwards

happybeingblue added 17:32 - Aug 7
good signing for me pleased with this,positive news keep it coming, couple more players in the key areas at back and midfield next

Seasider added 17:39 - Aug 7
Will Garns and Waggy(lol) be our 2 front men in a 4-4-2?

Personally prefer a 433 as gives us more security in midfield;but it looks like Mick is going to change it round to keep opposition guessing?

No mention of matching teams up like last season,and didn't on Saturday;so looking good so far!


brian_a_mul added 17:43 - Aug 7
MM knows exactly what's its like playing in Glasgow and the mentality that is required. He is a Celtic legend! Great signings to bring both garns & waggy in to club. Defenses won't fancy playing against us at PR!

carlo88 added 17:56 - Aug 7
Rangers fans are wetting themselves laughing if you read their forums, not a particularly good sign.

gt81 added 17:57 - Aug 7
I was initially underwhelmed, but he would seem to offer the Murphy-like strength and presence that we've lacked since selling him.

I also remember it took Murphy a while to find his feet and Waghorn is at a good age to still kick on, so here's hoping he does well for us.

Bluetone added 18:07 - Aug 7
Surprising what a drop in season ticket sales can bring about.

Some decent signings made at long last.

smurfsareblue added 18:09 - Aug 7
Nice. Like the shape of the team. 2 hungry forwards, youth coming through. Looks like a change of tactics playing ball on the floor. We have little money to spend but think the club have invested well. Not getting too carried away but good start.

blueconscience added 18:50 - Aug 7
@ Carlo88

That is the case with most transfers. Let's wait and see how he does.

BlueMachines added 19:07 - Aug 7
Why does McCarthy and no brainier seem to fit so well?

BlueandTruesince82 added 19:17 - Aug 7
Garns and Waggy has radio 5 live footy show written a over it

Geoff added 19:18 - Aug 7
Bluetone spot on losing all those season ticket holders has the penny finally dropped.

But it should have not came to that.
Lowest open season crowd for sometime

howdonblue added 19:33 - Aug 7
Well happy with this signing !

Where our great club is at at this time he will be a great addition!

But let's not discount Dave mcgoldrick


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