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McCarthy in No Hurry to Sign Another Winger
Monday, 7th Aug 2017 16:37

Town boss Mick McCarthy says he’s in no hurry to sign another winger and is currently happy with his squad.

Asked whether he was still looking to sign another wideman, he said: “Whether we can bring one in or not is another matter. Bearing in mind I lost Dozzer, I know I’ve got plenty of midfield players.

“No, if we get everybody fit, I think we’ve got a good squad, it’s just the toll it takes on players and hopefully we won’t get too many injuries this season.”

The Blues utilised a 3-5-2 formation at the weekend but does McCarthy primarily still expect to use a more winger-friendly 4-4-2 system?

“I’m completely open-minded to it,” he said. “But whatever it takes, the system that works best for us.

“You’ve got to have certain players regarding wingers. You’ve got to have wingers like Tabby [Jay Tabb] and Ando [Paul Anderson] who tuck in and can get tucked in and do all the dirty stuff and then get out and do the other bits.

“Whether we’ve got those in the building is another matter, so I’ll play whatever I need to play to get results.”

Quizzed on this morning’s link with Cardiff’s Craig Noone, he added: “I wouldn’t talk about him but he’s a good player, Craig Noone. I’ve not spoken to anybody but if you’re asking me if he’s a good player, yes he is.”

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theblueginger added 16:42 - Aug 7
I think we are 2 players away from a complete squad. One would be a winger to inject some pace and crossing ability, and other would be an experienced defensive player to provide competition in a a couple of positions.

Bru to leave and a few youths to go out on loan.

Vic added 16:51 - Aug 7
blueginge - do Celina and Rowe not add pace and crossing ability? not sure we need to 'add' it, just maybe to supplement what we've already got.

theblueginger added 16:55 - Aug 7
Vic they are both a little unproven though. Celina is more about cutting inside as a playmaker than a genuine winger. I think we could do with someone on the left wing, partly for numbers, and partly so Sears doesn't spend half the season there again.

Noone would be perfect for 500k if true.

floridaboy added 17:00 - Aug 7
Sorry but not sure Sears is a guaranteed starter. Garner and Waghorn for me with Sears on the bench

casanovacrow added 17:03 - Aug 7
I dunno about everyone else but Mick's idea of how a winger should be is different to mine.
I like forward thinking wingers who attack on a wing, has pace/energy, and can cross a ball. Tucking in and grafting is great but i question the intention of attacking positive football if that is a priority in what is seen to be an attacking position.

muccletonjoe added 17:11 - Aug 7
What about when you havnt got the ball

casanovacrow added 17:16 - Aug 7
Muccletonjoe, of course you get stuck in when you haven't got the ball but you have to do something with it in the end else you're forever winning back the ball and doing nothing with it. Wingers need attacking qualities, who else in a team would you count on to create stuff? Skuse?

jas0999 added 17:26 - Aug 7
Squad size is still on the small side for me, but certainly better with the new striker addition. If the club sell anyone, then I would suggest a replacement needs to be sought.

Lathers added 17:47 - Aug 7
Joe Royle worked with a tiny squad in the 04/05 season and sometimes that can really bond a team. Obviously injuries aside. Not sure we need anyone else other than a decent winger. If Craig Noone is available for £500k then surely that's another No Brainer? Those who keep going on about Rowe... do you honestly think he's ready to fire us up the league? He's as much a squad player as any of our current players. Celina should be able to operate at this level having played Eredivisie, but we do need another one.

OwainG1992 added 20:00 - Aug 7
Tabby! I love when he gets mentioned makes me laugh each time. Really feeling quite positive at the moment and long may it continue. Feel we should beat Luton and hoping for 3 points vs Barnsley too.

Steelmonkey added 21:01 - Aug 7
Casanovacrow, those traits you perceive to be a winger are the same as the ones I think that a winger should have, perhaps that's why we never see any in our team line up.
MM & TC are too busy trying to convert them into something that they will never achieve.
I think they used to call it entertainment on a Saturday.

gosblue added 21:39 - Aug 7
I was taught by every coach I ever had that a winger or wing-back gets white on his boots when his side are in possession and gets back behind the ball and tucks in when the opposition have got the ball. It's about making the pitch big or small as required. Knudson needs to learn that.

runningout added 23:30 - Aug 7
Give it till 4.50pm Saturday for another reality check. Good or bad :-)

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