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Cook: We Could Have Up to Three New Players By Monday
Friday, 6th Aug 2021 09:34

Boss Paul Cook says the Blues could have as many as three new signings in the building by Monday, joking that one addition could be “minutes” away, while Town have been linked with a loan move for Aston Villa's Louie Barry.

Asked at this morning’s press conference how close the Blues are to a new arrival, Cook said: “Minutes! If you guys haven’t found out yet, you aren’t doing your job very well are you?

“Listen, I think it’s going to be a busy couple of days for us as a club. I think over the weekend there will be more signings, for sure.

“We are short of numbers, contrary to what people would believe that we’re this big-spending club that’s just throwing money at everything, we’re probably one of the only clubs in the off-season that’s sold players. We’ve reinvested that into the team. We’ve had a turnaround of 20-odd players and six loans.

“We’ve just been doing our business as well as we can. What everyone speaks about us is merely irrelevant, we’ll just keep going about our business.

“By the time Monday comes, we’ll have one, two, possibly three new players in the building.”

He says the squad is still light in a few areas: “One hundred per cent, you’ll see that from the team selection tomorrow, the subs. To get through a league campaign in English football, you have to have depth in your squad.

“If you’re a big club and you get a big player injured, you put a big player on the pitch. That’s what big clubs do.

“That’s why they are big clubs, because they can go into the market and spend money, because they have a fanbase of over 20,000, because they have big players signed.

“That’s what big clubs do and how they react. But it doesn’t guarantee you any success. There’s no guarantees in football what success is.

“What you have to do is then work extremely hard, be so professional, respect your opposition, no more so than tomorrow, absolutely none more so than tomorrow. Morecambe are going to be such a dangerous opponent tomorrow, it’s untrue. And then if all those factors can go well, the reality is you might win some games.”

Asked about interest in any of the players currently out of favour and in the U23s, Flynn Downes, Myles Kenlock and Kayden Jackson, he said: “There’s no conversations regarding players here like that, there’s none. If we’re going to speak about players every single day, there’s no point.

“In my world we’re a very professionally run football club, we won’t get involved in debates or hearsay or tittle-tattle, the reality is that we’re here to speak about the game tomorrow and the players involved.”

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dirtydingusmagee added 09:36 - Aug 6
ive got a funny feeling this and the fact that Messi is set to move are linked.

TrumptonBlue added 09:39 - Aug 6
A loan move for Aston Villa? That's ambitious.

OwainG1992 added 09:41 - Aug 6
Trumpton* does that mean Villa become our feeder club?
We'll have John McGinn and they get Kenlock? Seems fair.

dirtydingusmagee added 09:41 - Aug 6
Kane not settled , mmmmmmmmmmm

CraigEdwards added 09:47 - Aug 6
Louie Barry

BlueySwede added 09:50 - Aug 6
We have been doing some very good business, but leaving it this late for new arrivals in key areas is a bit of a worry.
Also not great having Downes with the U23, I just hope he gets a good move with a decent sell on clause for us. I have liked Downes from day 1, but his heart hasn´t been at the club for the last year or so, has it? Jackson..well, just get rid. Doubt any club would pay even a small sum to get him, but happy to be proved wrong.

TractorFrog added 09:52 - Aug 6
Barry, Jacobs and Coulsen?

Europablue added 09:54 - Aug 6
dirtydingusmagee If Messi and Kane are so great, surely they could prove themselves more by taking Ipswich into the Champions League than winning the League again and winning the final of the Champions League with City?

Europablue added 09:56 - Aug 6
BlueySwede I don't think we have left it late at all, we have just had a lot of players to bring in and it takes time and energy to get all of the deals done. This is an abnormal pre-season, otherwise I would be agreeing with you.

ringwoodblue added 10:21 - Aug 6
Agreed Europa, when bringing in so many players, it’s going to take time especially as some clubs won’t sell until they’ve bought replacements. Other teams will be doing the same so we are not really at a disadvantage.

FramlinghamBlue added 10:35 - Aug 6
We’ve done loads of business much earlier than before. We have to be patient for some players because the chain above us is working to later deadlines and the transfer window is still open for a while.

The Middlesbrough situation is a clear example of this and maybe why Myles Kenlock hasn’t moved either, we have to bring in someone at LB to let him go.

NorwegianTractor added 14:49 - Aug 6
Everyone is talking about keeping Kenlock as backup until we have another LB in the building. I admit I haven't seen him play, but what about Bailey Clements? He's been w the first team before and impressing back then, he's same age as Rekeem Harper - if you're good enough you're old enough. Anybody seen him play the last year?

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