Hurst has spoken to Dozzell and Nydam about potential loan departures

PUBLISHED: 17:27 12 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:27 12 August 2018

Andre Dozzell in pre-season action. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Andre Dozzell in pre-season action. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst says teenage midfield duo Andre Dozzell and Tristan Nydam could be heading out on loan before the end of the month.

Town's young homegrown quartet of Flynn Downes, Luke Woolfenden, Andre Dozzell and Tristan Nydam all produced encouraging displays in the pre-season friendly against West Ham. Photo: Steve WallerTown's young homegrown quartet of Flynn Downes, Luke Woolfenden, Andre Dozzell and Tristan Nydam all produced encouraging displays in the pre-season friendly against West Ham. Photo: Steve Waller

Dozzell is viewed as one of the game’s hottest young prospects, but the England Under-19 international missed the whole of last season with a cruciate knee ligament injury and was left out of the squad completely for this afternoon’s 1-0 Championship defeat at Rotherham.

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“He’s still nowhere near where he needs to be, realistically,” said Hurst. “We did some tests with him yesterday and we’ve got to make a decision what is best for him and whether that is best for him to go out and get some games.

“We had a conversation amongst the staff. I spoke to people who are in a better position to judge in terms of the physicality side of things.

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“If he does go out is he going to give himself the best chance of impressing? What I don’t want is for Andre to get even more frustrated and disappointed. Because I don’t think he’s in the position to do himself full justice of yet.

“Is he capable of moments? Yes. The way I explained it is that it’s like me joining in training. There are one or two things I can do alright, but that doesn’t mean I can go out there and play. As we saw with that pass against West Ham, he can do something. But is he going to really be at his best? He’s not.

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“I’ve said from the start that he’s a very, very talented player who should have a big future for the football club. But I’ve got a duty of care for him now as his manager and we want to make the best decision for Andre going forwards.

“It’s in between really. We’ll probably have another discussion on that. But anyone who is perhaps shouting for Andre to be in the team will have to trust me that that’s not the best way forward for the team or the player.”

Wit both Nydam and Downes also absent today, Hurst was asked if those two could also be going out on loan.

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“I’ve spoke to Tristan and that’s something we’ve had a conversation about,” said the Blues boss.

“Regards Flynn, he was in the squad but was sick after training yesterday. It was a virus, a bug, and we didn’t want him travelling up with us. He still hadn’t eaten this morning so it was best that he stayed at home.”

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