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Huws: I Need to Play More Big Games to Win a New Town Contract
Monday, 23rd Nov 2020 17:15

Emyr Huws admits he has had talks with Town boss Paul Lambert about playing more regularly but accepts that the onus is on him to force his way into the side by virtue of his performances.

The next five days, which see the Blues take on promotion rivals Hull and Charlton at Portman Road, could present the one-time Manchester City youngster with an opportunity to push his first-team claims.

Huws arrived at Town on loan from Cardiff in January 2017, scoring three times in 13 Championship games and impressing sufficiently for then manager Mick McCarthy to want to make the move permanent.

Having signed a four-year deal in the summer of that year, his progress has been hampered by injury to the extent that he has since made only 39 further appearances, 12 of which have been from the bench, and has scored just once.

Huws said: “My contract is up this year and there have been no talks yet. I think I’m going to have to play a lot more big games and show what I’m about a bit more before that happens.

“I love the club and I would love to stay. Hopefully we can go on to have a successful season and then we can take it from there.

“I’m slightly disappointed that I haven’t played more often, especially as we’ve had do many injuries within the squad, and I’ve spoken to the manager about it.

“But it’s part of football and you can’t always have your own way. You just have to keep your head down and keep working.

“The manager listens and understands but at the end of the day there’s competition for places and it’s up to players to do well enough to not only force their way into the side but to then stay there.”

Asked if it made it more frustrating because he is now fully fit after a lengthy absence through injury, he replied: “No, I don’t think that has played a part in it. I’ve parked everything that happened in the past and this season is this season, and I’m just dealing with it week by week.

“I’m just like the other players – we all want to play – so I’m looking forward to this week and getting some more minutes. Hopefully I can add something to the midfield in terms of affecting the games. I want to be scoring goals and providing assists, so that’s what I will be trying to do.”

Injured midfield pair Jon Nolan and Teddy Bishop, both forced off against Shrewsbury on Saturday, have scored nine goals between them this season and Huws, who missed the entire 2018/19 campaign, would like nothing more than to claim his first since finding the net against Gillingham in an EFL Trophy tie in October last year.

He added: “I’ll be looking to contribute as Jon and Teddy have, with goals. I’d like to think I can get goals if the right chances come along. I think the fact that we have been playing well and scoring goals will help me. I want to be more involved and chip in.”

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Suffolkboy added 17:27 - Nov 23
Right sentiments ; ambitions will be shared by every true ITFC supporter !
DO IT EH ,we’d all love you to prosper .

arc added 17:32 - Nov 23
I can't see Emyr getting another contract from us. I'm guessing he's one of our higher earners (given where he came from), and it just hasn't worked out. The summer he signed for us was the turning point: McCarthy spent big money (for us) on Huws and Adeyemi, and neither contributed anything. Add in the injuries to Bishop, and McC was left with precious little creativity in the middle. Mind you, if Huws could suddenly regain his form, he could make all the difference this season. Here's the chance...

GatesPerm added 17:39 - Nov 23
Prior to his injuries it was clear to see that he was a good player at Championship level. He should be able to be a real stand out performer at League 1 level but he needs to grasp this opportunity and prove that post injury he can still perform.

Even if he does re-establish himself he would need to take a big pay cut if we are still in League 1 (please, no) at the end of this season.

Cloddyseedbed added 18:00 - Nov 23
I can't see him getting a new contract. He is a player that frustrates me as we know he is an exceptionally gifted player and should stand out in this league. Unfortunately he and many others seem too comfortable to just go through the motions and not step up his game. Instead of having conversations about wanting to play more with the manager he should make a starting place his own by standing out in games, he most certainly hasn't in the games he has played in.

Linkboy13 added 18:57 - Nov 23
Hasn't done enough to earn a new contract pale shadow of the player he was. He can't expect the club to give him a run of games he has to earn the right. It's obvious to those of us who have played the game the main weakness is in midfield where we have no recognised ball winner even with Downes in the team. This is why we get out muscled by the better teams.

timkatieadamitfc added 20:42 - Nov 23
@linkboy13, to be fair to him he’s fully fit now and still not being given a PROPER run of consecutive games in team, when he started playing last season there were signs that he was starting to look like a decent player again, now the likes of mcgavin are coming in ahead of him it’s no wonder he’s talking to PL. Given the fact our powder puff lightweight midfield are constantly outplayed/ bullied on a weekly basis and you have players like Judge who does nothing regularly yet plays most games I actually think he deserves a run in the team as in his day he’s our best player, it’s just getting the best out of him which I don’t think PL is capable of.

WhoisJimmyJuan added 22:26 - Nov 23
All valid points made on this thread. But it must not be forgotten that a decent manager would be properly motivating and getting the best out of the more talented players like Huws and Judge. The more I see and the more I listen to Lambert, it seems clear that he has lost the dressing room as well as his marbles.

PortmanTerrorist added 23:24 - Nov 23
Huws and Judge have been incredibly frustrating but at least I can roughly work out where Huws should be playing.... and Bishop is in front of him when fit.

Have no idea where judge is playing, worse so I can't tell if he knows?!

BeattiesBackPocket added 12:37 - Nov 24
Hell probably get a new contract as Fuller said in the EADT we as a club and some fans have just accepted mediocrity now from the club. If we’re being honest players like Skuse, huws and judge should be a cut above most players in this league but they haven’t been. When was the last time any of these had a decent 90 minutes in a town shirt even when given a chance in their favoured role but we still give out contracts to these guys anyway. The club is being run and has been run like this for many years now same as lambert getting a 5 year contract for being mediocre who does that!? Oh yes that one person who has made us this mediocre and pulled fans down to his level

Linkboy13 added 18:18 - Nov 24
Huws plays tonight let's see what he can do, but if he has a stinker don't expect a run of games it doesn't work like that in football, you have to earn the right.

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