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McCarthy: I Don't Blame Freddie for Considering Move
Friday, 9th Mar 2018 16:18

Town boss Mick McCarthy says he doesn’t blame striker Freddie Sears for saying that he might consider looking to move elsewhere to play more regularly in the summer. The 28-year-old, who McCarthy says changed the game when he came on at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, has made only 11 first team starts this season in addition to 19 appearances from the bench and is without a goal in 33 games stretching back to the end of the last campaign.

“I don’t blame him,” McCarthy said when asked about the former West Ham and Colchester man’s comments to the media yesterday.

“I think he’s got a year to run on his contract [with an option for a further year] and I guess he would be thinking that but he also knows that had he scored 15 goals by this stage he wouldn’t be sitting in this chair telling you that, he’d be sitting in the chair saying the gaffer’s going to give me a new contract.

“But he hasn’t and that’s the nuts and bolts of it, I’m afraid. And yet he’s so selfless and so willing.

“I spoke to him yesterday as much to say ‘thank you’ and ‘well done’ and ‘keep going’ and I just don’t want anybody to think I take them for granted because I don’t, and he’s a really valuable member of the squad. But I fully understand his comments.

“You’d be asking me if I’d had any offers for him [if he had scored 15 goals], that’s what you’d be asking me.”

Is there an argument that he might have scored those goals if he’d played in his preferred role down the middle rather than out wide as has often been the case?

“Well, my counter-argument would be Santie’s scored eight, Waggy’s scored how many playing wide right, playing in the hole,” McCarthy parried.

“Joe’s scored them, Callum Connolly’s scored how many, so nobody ever would come to me with that argument, and neither would Freddie because he’s had his chances wherever he’s played, whether he’s played up front, played wide right, wide left.

“And sometimes it just doesn’t happen for him but it certainly with again for him. And I love him to bits, Freddie, he’s terrific.”

McCarthy was thoroughly impressed with the Hornchurch-born striker’s performance in the 2-1 win at Hillsborough: “He changed the game for us on Tuesday night, definitely.

“He didn’t even get the assist [for the first goal] and quite clearly the first bit of it was [down to him] but Callum gets it for heading it back.

“He was a constant pest, he really was a threat. Muzzy’s different, he dropped in and he can pick it up and run with the ball, but Freddie was a real threat the other night.”

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blueboy1981 added 16:32 - Mar 9
........ give him game time, play him in his best position - and give him a chance to prove what we all know he can do.

He has more than proved himself in his best position - he won't be the only player looking to not be at Portman Road next season if an offer comes along. Problem is, no one dares to tell the truth in terms of how they feel.

Swn98 added 16:33 - Mar 9
See what negative slant blue bore can put on this article.

blueboy1981 added 16:35 - Mar 9
....... if Freddie goes - Ipswich Town's loss. If McCarthy goes - watch the Season Ticket numbers massively increase again. Will speak for itself - no brainer.

blueboy1981 added 16:37 - Mar 9
....... enjoy the Sunshine - and cease making a fool of yourself. Your loss.

Oh - and of course - KEEP CLAPPING.

blueboy1981 added 16:38 - Mar 9
..... can we expect a logical post from you at some point ? - or at least one that makes at least some kind of sense.

heathen66 added 16:39 - Mar 9
Play him as part of a 2 up front
He is a striker...simple
He should not be playing as a wide player or a No.10
Celina and Waghorn could still play, but now unfortunately we (have) play with 5 defenders and at least 2 (if not 3 ) holding midfielders where is no room for any offensive players

bluerico added 16:41 - Mar 9
Freddie was a decent player when he came here, but played out of position for so long has made him a worse player with no confidence. If he goes good luck to him, but a new manager could revive his career at ITFC.

heathen66 added 16:43 - Mar 9
Has been treated very poorly.
Surprised he did not ask for a move in January, unless at the time he thought Mick would be on his way at the end of the season and with another year (+1) of a good contract left could be a star under a new manager.
Now realises whilst Mick is here, he has no chance.
Mick calls him Freddie..... no chance !!!

blueboy1981 added 16:44 - Mar 9
heathen66 - spot on.

Swn98 added 16:50 - Mar 9
There's been plenty of transfer windows in his time at Portman Rd has there ever been any interest in him ?

blueboy1981 added 16:58 - Mar 9
...... have a siesta - and give us some respite.

jocasaja added 17:20 - Mar 9
I think it will be interesting to see how he gets on tomorrow, as I would think he will play up front with Waghorn

therein61 added 17:41 - Mar 9
He has incurred the wrath of our great leader hence the tactical numpties comment " I wouldn't blame him if he wants to go" well I for one would not want to stay in any establishment that encouraged the chosen few clique that is the ruin of our club.

Swn98 added 18:28 - Mar 9
Plenty of insults and schnide innuendo from the usual suspects I will repeat the question in the numerous transfer windows how many offers have we had for Freddie?

Gforce added 19:59 - Mar 9
Unfortunately just not good enough,zero goals in 33 games is appalling,move
to a league one club and will probably score a hatful,like Marriott who has found his
If we have any ambition of being in the top six in future,we need better.

blueboy1981 added 20:14 - Mar 9
......... Swn98 - surely even you can see that McCarthy has nullified any possibility of that happening - by continuously denying the player the opportunity of playing in his best position. Or can you ?

blueboy1981 added 20:18 - Mar 9
Kirbmeister - is 'clapping' again - with one finger on the minus button.... !!

ronnyd added 20:35 - Mar 9
blueboy and swan98, your playground spats are getting a tad tedious now.

poldark added 20:51 - Mar 9
I love blueboy and swing get out of our club

blueboy1981 added 22:08 - Mar 9
Cheers Poldark - Had you noticed that one of us plays Scrabble, and the other plays Marbles (in the Sunshine, of course) ??

cobboldblue added 22:51 - Mar 9
All the best Freddie - good luck and may you get what you deserve as I'm not sure that has happened at ITFC

clint_eastwood added 02:05 - Mar 10
I love Freddie! Pacey with brilliant off the ball movement. Mick just can't unlock it!

Taricco_Fan added 14:01 - Mar 10
Not good enough at this level. His only prolific spell was at Colchester in League One. That's where he should return. Prior to Colchester his career scoring record is abysmal for a forward.

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