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McCarthy: Next Year's Squad Stronger After Return of Long-Term Injured
Friday, 23rd Feb 2018 12:03

Blues boss Mick McCarthy believes his squad will be stronger next season with the addition of the players who have missed much of this campaign through injury, let alone any summer signings which might be made.

Even back to pre-season Town have been hit badly by injuries and illness with two of their main summer recruits - Emyr Huws and Tom Adeyemi - having started only seven games between them.

Huws is one of three midfielders out for the season, along with Andre Dozzell and Teddy Bishop, while David McGoldrick is the latest player to have joined them on the sidelines, although the Ireland international is unlikely to still be at Town next season with his contract up.

Looking ahead to next season, when McCarthy may or may not still be in charge at Portman Road, he said: “I would like to get Tom Adeyemi back, Emyr Huws back fully fit, to keep Webbo fully fit, he’s missed a lot of football.

“Teddy Bishop, Andre Dozzell, who was the best player on the pitch in the first game of the season, that would help a lot of things.

“And I think then with Flynn Downes and Tristan Nydam, and hopefully Ben Morris is going to come to the fore, he’s doing really well, we’ve got a pretty good squad.”

A feeling of what might have been this season given all the injuries? “I’d like to think we’d have been better but what about the players who have come in and done so well.

“You can always bemoan your luck with injuries but the players who have come in have been excellent.”

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BlueHarwich added 12:08 - Feb 23
jesus christ he's staying!!

wkj added 12:27 - Feb 23
Hidden meaning: We aint getting anyone in next window

Wickets added 12:31 - Feb 23
Injury prone players will almost always be just that !

Mullet added 12:34 - Feb 23
Bit harsh to call Dozzell, Downes and Nydam injury prone. Even Huws and Adeyemi have had different injuries this season to at previous clubs. Albeit serious ones it seems.

Would love to know just how good Andre would have been with any of Skuse, Huws and Adeyemi around him during the season.

dirtyboy added 12:39 - Feb 23
This is the sole reason I do feel a bit of empathy with McCarthy. He doesn't help himself at times, but this season could have been so much different with a fully fit Huws, let alone Adeyemi and Dozzell.

Must be hugely frustrating for Mick, but he can't turn around and say "lads who've come in have been pony" can he?

runningout added 12:41 - Feb 23
the questions are very droll.. One thing MM does well is answer without yawning

hampstead_blue added 12:47 - Feb 23
MM is spot on.

With DM gone and a huge wage chunk off the books and fingers crossed Sears as well, I think ME will give him another year or two and a chunk of money.

The squad we have is the best we've had in years. The injury list has also been biblical!

With a few more players in, deadwood out, we will be yet stronger.

Had MM earned the chance to enjoy that? I'm not convinced. He needs to get us winning and playing better football.

blythburgh_blue added 13:35 - Feb 23
What's our next season got to do with you, Mick?

braveblue added 13:49 - Feb 23
Most of them will miss lots of next season too. They are injury prone players.

therein61 added 17:07 - Feb 23
We seem to get more players injured at playford road that portman road that tells me our training strategy needs looking at

Bluetone added 17:23 - Feb 23
It will be even stronger when they are coached by a new Manager with methods and tactics that are not out of the stone age.

Wickets added 17:31 - Feb 23
Nice one Mr Mullet apart from the fact that Dozzell is the only one of those three who is injured.

NBVJohn added 17:32 - Feb 23
Whilst I am loathe to be seen to join the 'blame MM for everything including global warming brigade' I can't help a nagging concern that this might be more than just bad luck.
I don't think the physical style of football helps and it seems to have impacted midfield particularly - Huws, Dozzell, Bishop, Adeyemi and to some extent Downes and Nydam. It just seems to point to more than just coincidence.

cat added 19:18 - Feb 23
When you play pass and move possession based Football, your basically ‘letting the ball do the work’for the most part. McCarthys hard to beat system means your not only working harder chasing the ball, but it requires greater fitness levels accumulating in harder training. A McCarthy team pretty much represents a team full of ‘Busy Fools’ I.e - running about a lot but achieving nothing, part from ruining a game of football of course.
I reckon we would be a stronger team with the ‘long terms’ back, but the likely outcome, based on what’s happened so far (exception being Dozzell) is they will probably be out injured for the most of next season as well, kind of McGoldrick like.

heathen66 added 19:44 - Feb 23
Next Years squad will only be stronger if you are not here and players are allowed toplay offensive football.
If you are still here it will be 5 at the back and 2 holding midfield players and attackers defending where possible

ArnieM added 22:54 - Feb 23
I’ve constantly maintained there is a BIG question mark over Town’s training / fitness regimes. The level of injuries and seriousness of the injuries at this Club is NOT a one season wonder , but had been at its worst this season.

And It will like as not, occur again next pre season too.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 05:04 - Feb 24
I don't really buy this, although the buck doesn't stop with McCarthy. Next season we will lose Connolly, Carter-Vickers, McGoldrick, and Celina and it will be a case of scrapping around for additions and starting again more or less from scratch. Also, all teams have injuries, and we seem to create more than our fair share, so I can't see that situation being all that different. Finally, several of the players we can "afford" to get in are injury suspects to start with and it's a gamble whether they will stay the course. At points in the past a moderate investment from the owner might have just tipped the balance in our favour, but this effect seems to be harder and harder to achieve the longer we wait.

madmouse1959 added 14:53 - Feb 24
Does this football club and EADT newspaper EVER get tired of banging this drum and trying to convince supporters to stick with it. All in total denial.

Davidwb20 added 20:30 - Feb 25
Statement from MM will obviously boost season ticket sales lol! How he is even talking about staying beyond this season is beyond me, after all wasn’t it last week he was telling itfc fans to go forth and multiply!

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