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McKenna: There Are Other Positions We’re Looking At
Friday, 21st Jan 2022 15:57

Boss Kieran McKenna says there are other positions the Blues are looking at strengthening between now and the transfer window closing in 10 days’ time.

So far, Town have signed keeper Christian Walton on a permanent basis following his loan in the first half of the season, have confirmed that top scorer Macauley Bonne will be staying on loan from QPR for the remainder of the campaign and yesterday signed midfielder Tyreeq Bakinson on loan from Bristol City.

McKenna was quizzed on whether there will be any further additions to the squad before the end of the month.

“I think we’re going to keep working away diligently,” he said. “There are 10 days left and we’ve said all along it’s about improving the depth, the options and the balance of the squad.

“We feel that we’ve done that obviously with Christian and Macauley being secured but also with Tyreeq coming in and giving a different balance and profile to what is currently in the squad.

“There are other positions that we’re looking at and we’d like to have options and different profiles in if possible.

“The club are working hard behind the scenes with that and obviously, myself and my staff are also involved in that process, and if there is the right thing that can be done before the end of January, then we’ll certainly try and do that.”

One player who is among those who has been spoken about by Town is Manchester United left-sided defender Alvaro Fernandez.

While reports a fortnight ago claiming the Blues had made a loan move for the 18-year-old Spanish U19 international were premature, we understand his potential recruitment has been discussed and is something which may happen before the window closes.

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Trac70 added 16:15 - Jan 21
I hope we bring in Fernandez as I think we're a little weak on the left. Penney is average, Coulson isn't fit and Kenlock has gone out on loan. That's one position I'd like to see strengthened.

Bazza8564 added 16:18 - Jan 21
Interesting! Clearly LB has been a problem with Penney's inconsistency, Coulson's injuries and the inexperience of Clements. I know absolutely zip about this lad, but if the boss likes him, that's good enough for me.....

blues1 added 17:11 - Jan 21
Really don't get some of our fans regarding Penney. Yes, he's had a few poor games, but then ,who in the squad hasn't. But since we've gone to the 352, he's been really good. Agree tho that coulsons injury issues do leave us short of competition for that spot. So Fernández may well be a good signing if it should happen

Ipswichbusiness added 17:13 - Jan 21
I agree with the assessments of Coulson, Penny and Clements, but I would rather have an experienced left-back rather than a rookie.

TimmyH added 17:55 - Jan 21
Strong holding midfielder position needs looking at...neither Morsy or Evans aren't particularly good when we don't have the ball.

HARRY10 added 18:17 - Jan 21
Says a lot about our supposed 'best squad in the league' as the summer would have. How many more of the 19 will need to be replaced ?

Pettabelieveit added 18:40 - Jan 21
blues1 Agreed. Penney has been much improved in recent weeks and deserved credit for that. I’ve been far less impressed with what I’ve seen of Coulson, but hopefully when fit we get to see the best of him

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