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Chambers Not Worried About January Interest in Team-Mates
Tuesday, 24th Sep 2019 21:28

Even if Town receive offers for players in the January transfer window club captain Luke Chambers is backing owner Marcus Evans to resist the temptation to cash in.

New signing Kane Vincent-Young has settled in so well since his £500,000 move from Colchester that Chambers fully expects there to be interest in him, while he has been so impressed with defensive partners Luke Woolfenden and James Wilson that he would not be surprised if they also attracted other clubs.

But the skipper said: “I’m not worrying about players leaving in January. As long as I’ve been here we’ve always sold our best players – rightly or wrongly. When you’re playing well and you’re at the top of the league other teams are always going to be looking to buy your players.

“But our main objective now is to get out of this division so I don’t think you could give Marcus enough money for any of our players. It’s not something we are going to be worrying about.”

Chambers believes Vincent-Young, whose first Town goal was enough to clinch all three points at Gillingham last week, is proving to be a tremendous bargain. “Of all the players to come in and catch the eye, Kane has taken it to another level.

“I think it was a fantastic piece of business, another decision that someone [former manager Paul Hurst] got wrong last summer by not signing him [when he was in trial], but to have him here now, it’s a fantastic signing at what we paid for him and I believe other clubs will be looking at him.

“He’s a great weapon to have, so good you could play him on the right side on his own. He’s even getting in at the back post and scoring goals, as he did at Gillingham, and he’s also creating chances, driving forward, and winning tackles and headers.

“I think he has just started to get his match fitness right because I felt it was lacking when he first arrived and made his debut at Bolton. I remember asking him after 70 minutes if he was alright. He’s a lot fitter now, he has also settled in really well and we’re enjoying having him here.”

“I think the new guys have brought a freshness with them and in Woolfy’s case he has brought a special air of confidence. He has his own special personality and he has done very, very well.

“Fans always like to see players coming through from the academy and taking their opportunity at first team level. The manager’s view is clearly that if you’re good enough you are old enough.”

Woolfenden actually started last season with a substitute appearance in the opening game of the season, a 2-2 home draw with Blackburn, but his next senior action came as a Swindon player after he completed a loan move to Wiltshire for the remainder of the campaign.

Chambers added: “That was the wrong decision in my opinion but it’s done him the world of good. He missed the negative season that we had here, did well down at Swindon and returned with a freshness.

“He knows that if he continues to do what he has been doing he is going to play and he has the backing of everyone.

“James Wilson also came in and took his opportunity on trial. Maybe he was looked at as a stop-gap but with the start he’s made there’s no reason for me that we shouldn’t be looking to keep him for the rest of the season.

“Five [successive league] clean sheets so far and if we make it six in a row on Saturday against Tranmere it’s a new club record – he’s been a major part of that and he’s a fantastic professional, as well as a great guy to have around the place.

“I’m enjoying playing alongside him. He’s a no-nonsense type of defender and I think that’s what we have needed for a while.

“We could go through the whole squad and talk about how the new players have made an impact. Everyone who steps into the team is playing well. There isn’t anyone who isn’t.”

Based on his experience last term, Woolfenden has gone on record as stating that in his opinion League Two football is a lot more physical than in League One and Chambers laughed: “That’s because I’m doing all Luke’s heading for him, while he’s covering round and looking good. No, really, he’s done great.

“It is physical and he played a lot of games at right-back last season at Swindon. We know he’s got the engine and we know he’s got the quality for that. It’s a physical league with as many games as we played in the Championship.

“It’s always difficult when we’re looking at the clean sheets because you don’t want to talk about it disrespectfully. We’re in League One and none of us want to be here but we’re putting all the effort we can into getting back to the Championship. Obviously, you want to achieve clean sheets at as high a level as possible but we can only do it in League One for now.

“We’ve played some good teams and we’ve played some poor teams, but the main thing is that we’re winning and drawing, not losing.”

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TractorCam added 22:02 - Sep 24
Something tells me Chambers won't be turning to Hurst for advice when he gets into coaching.

shortmarine1969 added 22:03 - Sep 24
We should be looking to get Wilson signed up now on a proper contract , the guy is calm steady and effective..and if (when..!!) we go up he can certainly do a job in the championship as well on the basis of what he has done so far.

ChateauWines added 22:21 - Sep 24
I'm loving the togetherness this season and not sure why Chambo has felt need to potentially upset things. Last thing we need is players egos going silly after just nine games

runningout added 23:47 - Sep 24
meant to up arrow you Chateau. Think I know what you mean

Len_Brennan added 23:55 - Sep 24
Two unprompted slaps at Hurst in one interview; Chambo really didn't like the guy!

Saxonblue74 added 06:29 - Sep 25
Len, seems nobody has a good word for the worst "manager" in ITFC history. Anyone looked at the lge2 table? Seems his charm is working wonders for Scunny!

meekreech added 08:12 - Sep 25
Who needs nsiala ? Too close to a red card for being of service.

midastouch added 09:31 - Sep 25
I thought Chambers would be fine in League One but I have to say when he dropped that clanger against Sunderland I was concerned. Nobody can deny he had a very shaky season when we went down but I understand he had on and off field problems and he might not of been focused which is understandable in the circumstances. Clearly he wasn't happy playing under Hurst. He now seems far more settled under Lambert and it's great to see him having bounced back well since his clanger against Sunderland. The positive vibes coming out of the club right now from top to bottom are a million miles away from where we were 12 or even 24 months ago! Let's hope we can keep the momentum going as it's a lovely feeling waking up in the morning and remembering we're currently sitting top of the league! COYB!!!

ThatMuhrenCross added 10:31 - Sep 25
Keep the subtle Hurst digs up Chambo!! Always bring a smile to my face, and anything that winds Jenny Gavin-Wear up has to be a good thing!

cornishblu added 10:47 - Sep 25
Woolfy is no surprise .....a lot of fans saying it since crystal palace in the carabo cup....maybe he needed a season of playing football rather than be on the sidelines but has class written all over him
Chambo throwing himself under the bus suggesting that the good players have always been sold ..yet all those yrs later he is still with us
Teams do well in the championship....not stars ...we need to keep the team mentality and enjoy winning soon as you loose the togetherness that one or two leavers create no amount of money brings that togetherness back
Stay at the club and enjoy the years to come ..

afcfee added 12:18 - Sep 25
Agree about Wilson been faultless when played decent no nonsense center back

tractorollson added 12:52 - Sep 25
If we sell any players in January, we can forget promotion, it would be madness to upset the harmony of the squad now

Nobbysnuts added 17:34 - Sep 25
I dont get chambers doing this story. Just shut up and get on with the job in hand and stop risking unsettling any players. No need for this interview to have been done. Really stupid and I'm surprised mr Lambert allowed it in the first place.

Razor added 10:16 - Sep 26
Nobbysnuts-----I dont know for sure as I am not behind the scenes or anything but I think each week a player is selected and they go before the press etc.

It may even be contractual----probably Chambos go this week and as ever with him he just spoke clearly and honestly-----others can then pick and analyse!!

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