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Mick McCarthy must decide which one of his loan stars will either not make his 18-man squad – or indeed be sent back completely – after moving to bring in Tyrone Barnett.

The Peterborough striker last night became Town’s tenth loan signing of an extraordinary season after being transfer-listed last week by the fellow Championship strugglers.

But Barnett’s arrival will leave McCarthy with a huge headache after the number of home-based loanees in his current ranks rose to six – one more than is permitted in a matchday squad.

And it could become an even bigger problem if McCarthy is successful in persuading Leicester City counterpart Nigel Pearson to part with midfielder Richie Wellens for a second loan spell.

Bilel Mohsni seems to be the most at-risk among the temporary players with the utility man, equally comfortable in defence and up front, having played just 37 minutes of competitive action in five games.

The Southend United player has quickly achieved something resembling cult status due to his affable nature and connection with supporters.

But he has failed to break into the first-team and McCarthy might look to call time early on his three-month loan deal.

If many supporters had their way, the Blues boss would do the same to keeper Stephen Henderson and recall Scott Loach.

A massive 83 per cent of fans polled by this newspaper yesterday called for Henderson to go if McCarthy decided to release one of his loan players.

The other home-based short-termers on the books – Danny Higginbotham, Bradley Orr and DJ Campbell – should all be safe despite rumours that QPR are looking to recall the latter, Town’s top scorer this season.

It is Daryl Murphy, an overseas loanee along with Guirane N’Daw, who could be biggest hit by Barnett’s arrival, although the 6ft 3ins striker is not eligible to face his parent club on Saturday.

17 comments

  • Why are they referred to as 'loan stars'? They may be on 'loan' but referring to them as 'stars' is an insult to the English language. If they were that good, we wouldn't be in the bottom three. Send the lot back and let's concentrate on our own players. At least, they could learn one another's games and eliminate the sort of 'misunderstanding' between two loanees - Henderson and Orr - that opened the flood-gates on Saturday. It seems a long time since Ipswich had a bona fide 'team'. Ever since RK's arrival, it has comprised a group of individuals, many of whom are 'here today, gone tomorrow'. I expect MM to steady the ship and bring in an element of solidarity. That can't be achieved with a squad that is top-heavy with temps who, as with DJ Campbell (see above) might be recalled by their clubs at a moment's notice

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    Rod Cross

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Mohsni plays with passion and commitment, which is exactly what we need at the moment. I'd give him a start instead of sending him back!

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    Gerritractic

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Just a guess but could there perhaps be a link between abject form, ten loans and counting.... and a minus 25 goal difference.

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    Rob Steroo

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • He is verstatile and one for the future? does anyone need to go back - we are almost at the end of Novemebr and the transfer window reopens in January. Even if some can't play for a month, we can hang on to them and try to convert some of the loans to deals then! Having said that I would send Henderson back - he has conceeded more than Loach and we don't need 3 goalkeepers!

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    Paul Daley

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • I certainly hope not! In truth, he hasn't been given much of a chance to impress and he is still trying to get match-fit so we should be a bit more patient here in my view.

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    FRANK WESTON

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Yet another player who hasn't been given a chance. How many games has he started - 0? Yet the likes of Henderson, Martin and Cresswell are guaranteed a game however badly they play, a trend started by Jewell and continued by McCarthy.

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    Ted Maul

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Steroo, you would know all about that as 'your team' had the same issue when we delightfully put in the final nail, down here (3-2 if you care to remember), to send you down to League One. And if it wasn't for a certain PL, which City fans now call Judas, you would still be down there.

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    Warkys_Tash

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • When MM arrived I suggested that Murphy would remain in the team regardless due to MM signing him at Sunderland. Wonder what it takes for players not in the team to get a manager's attention and for those who are playing crap to lose it? Guess that's what marks Alex F apart from other managers as most seem to operate on a basis of favorites first regardless - and then be suprised when they are sacked for poor results.

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    CasperF

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Hopefully all of them will go come january. The chap from Southend and Henderson were completely pointless PJ signings, whilst Murphy and Higginbotham are both very poor. DJ is decent - but almost certainly will return to QPR.

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    Jason

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • When MM arrived I suggested that Murphy would remain in the team regardless due to MM signing him at Sunderland. Wonder what it takes for players not in the team to get a manager's attention and for those who are playing rubbish to lose it? Guess that's what marks Alex F apart from other managers as most seem to operate on a basis of favorites first regardless - and then be suprised when they are sacked for poor results.

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    CasperF

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Henderson is not for sale,so we cannot build a team round him,we already have two very good keepers.MM will sort it,don't panic.!

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    brisie58

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Why are they referred to as 'loans', let alone 'stars' They are others' rejects begged and borrowed from (and financed by) other clubs - allowing more money to be syphoned out of the club.

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    Rob Steroo

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Just paper talk.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Mohsni plays with passion and commitment, which is exactly what we need at the moment. I'd give him a start instead of sending him back!

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    Gerritractic

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Waste of time signing, send him and Henderson back at once

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    Kevin Bailey

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • ANOTHER CHEAP-SKATE DEAL ( M.E ) AS DONE I PRESUME

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    MIGUEL100

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Henderson will come good. You can see his potential, and MM needs to build a team around him.

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    Mark

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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