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Vincent-Young at Town to Complete Move
Friday, 16th Aug 2019 11:32

Colchester right-back Kane Vincent-Young arrived at Playford Road earlier this morning as the Blues close in on the completion of his signing from the U’s. The clubs have agreed a fee of around £500,000 for the 23-year-old, whose switch is expected to be confirmed over the weekend or on Monday.

“Hopefully everything goes OK with medicals and bits and pieces, and hopefully that goes through,” manager Paul Lambert said at his press conference this morning.
 
Lambert says right-back, Vincent-Young’s main position, has been one of a number of areas he has been looking to cover.
 
“It wasn’t just right-back, there are a few positions I don’t think we’re strong enough. If you look at Myles [Kenlock], he’s the one left-back we have.

“If Kane comes, then he can play left-back as well, it’s not his favourite position, but we don’t have massive cover in certain areas.

“[Luke] Garbutt is out [for a month with a knee injury], and we don’t have a natural left-footer on that side either, so there are one or two positions I still think need to be strengthened.”


 
Lambert says he was impressed by Vincent-Young in the pre-season friendly between the Blues and Colchester last month.
 
“I saw him playing, obviously he played against ourselves, and he fits the mould of the club,” he said.

“Young, athletic, strong and he’s played a lot of games. He’s only 23 years old and he’s had a good upbringing at Tottenham, so if it does happen and everything goes OK then we’ve got a really good player.”

The Blues boss is in no doubt about where he plans to play the Camden-born defender: “He’s a right-back. I know he can do left-back, but it’s not the ideal position for him, right-back for me is his strongest area.”
 
Lambert says his new signing is unlikely to go straight into the team either at Peterborough on Saturday - “For tomorrow? No chance” - or at home to AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday: “No, first and foremost, I need to see if he’s going to come.”
 
Asked if Vincent-Young’s recruitment means Janoi Donacien is more likely to play at centre-half, which Lambert has previously said he believes is the St Lucian’s best position, he added: “He’s playing well Janoi. You’ve got to give him credit where it’s due.

“He’s playing really well, and I’m happy with Janoi and the way he’s performing. But if Kane does come then, it gives us extra help.”

Lambert dismissed suggestions that Vincent-Young’s signing might see Josh Emmanuel move out on loan.
 
“No, not really, As I said before, we could potentially play 60-odd games, it’s too much, it’s far too many games,” he continued.

“You have to have a squad that’s big enough and strong enough that can play. We’re going to need everybody, but the secret is keeping everyone happy.”

He added: “Janoi’s doing great. Josh has got to fight, you sacrifice yourself for the team, you fight to get in the side, that’s football all over the world.

“It doesn’t just happen in Ipswich, you make sure that when you get the opportunity, because they’ll all get opportunities, you have to stay in the side or you have to show me that you can do it.”

He says he’ll be happy to carry all three right-backs going ahead: “And whoever’s best, gets in. You get in this side, you fight for everything and you have to worry that somebody can take your place.

“If you don’t have that, if you don’t look over your shoulder in football then you become complacent, you have to have people who are ready to take your place and who are hungry to take your place and have the desire to take your place.

“And the flip side of that is that you have to be ready to fight them off, that’s the competition you need.”

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BeattiesBackPocket added 12:07 - Aug 16
Good stuff personally think he should get straight in at right back as Donacien isn’t naturally gifted there same as chambers wasn’t at right back either. Round pegs in round holes please and better balance down both fullback areas. 👍
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PremierBlue added 12:09 - Aug 16
think he will up our game and be a good signing for us.
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BurleysGloryDays added 12:15 - Aug 16
Yeah players for positions, it's what we've not had at Town for so long
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planetblue_2011 added 12:15 - Aug 16
Wouldn’t drop Donacien because he is playing well so far. Vincent will get his chance you don’t just pay 500 k on a player & don’t play him. Well Evans doesn’t anyway. It’s good to have people fighting for their place. Think Emmanuel will go to be honest!!
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TractorRoyNo1 added 12:15 - Aug 16
Mick Mills captained England and Ipswich as a left back, but only played there to accommodate Phil Neal and George Burley. Good footballers can play almost anywhere.
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midastouch added 12:40 - Aug 16
Looking forward to seeing him play. Anybody seen much of him before? What do the Colchester fans make of him going I wonder? I'd probably trust the judgement of a season ticket holder at Colchester better than I would Paul Hurst!
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GeoffSentence added 12:46 - Aug 16
60 odd games? I don't think so. That assumes we win some cup games and Bury fulfil their fixtures. 49 games is more likely by my reckoning.
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midastouch added 12:58 - Aug 16
@TractorRoyNo1 - I've been watching some of the old highlights of that era and it just amazed me how simple Ipswich kept it then. The players were constantly making intelligent runs so that easy passes and options were nearly always readily available and they had such team chemistry and rapport. The passing and possession was like poetry in motion. And of course with the likes of Mariner and Brazil there was always a cutting edge to finish off the lovely movement. And Eric Gates, he was like the creative gatekeeper to unlock the teams, what a player! They really made it look easy! Football doesn't need to be rocket science. Mick Mills stands out in the vids too - as do several others such as Muhren (obviously!) and more than I can mention! We really were spoilt for riches!
You can watch here:
Sadly (as is often the case in football) good times end quicker than bad times!
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midastouch added 13:00 - Aug 16
Sorry the link above didn't work, try typing Rob Hewes Ipswich into a YouTube search and that will come up with the channel of the person that has been posting the old nostalgia ITFC vids, some really good ones!
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nathitfc89 added 13:14 - Aug 16
excellent news. decent player specially at this level.
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ArnieM added 13:18 - Aug 16
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runningout added 14:33 - Aug 16
I can play sh*t anywhere.
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Linkboy13 added 18:04 - Aug 16
He must come straight in Donasien looked lost with the ball at his feet in space and is not happy running with the ball so he passes it simply to the nearest player he looks a centre half which is what Lambert said. Sooner the new guy comes in the quicker he'll settle in.
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