DIDIER Drogba, Gianfranco Zola, Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Di Matteo all saw something in him – now Mick McCarthy is hoping he can finally be the man to get the best out of striker Frank Nouble.

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Ipswich Town have become the eleventh club of the 21-year-old’s career, with the striker having played at Premier League, Championship and League One level thanks to a number of quickfire permanent and loan moves.

But while his stop-start career may have raised a few eyebrows among Blues fans when he made the switch from Wolves earlier this week, both Nouble and McCarthy believe he can finally fulfil his potential at Portman Road.

“I never planned on having this many clubs so early,” said the 6ft 3in tall Londoner, whose roll call of clubs includes Chelsea, West Ham, Swindon, Swansea, Barnsley, Charlton, Gillingham and Wolves.

“Chelsea wanted to keep me at the age of 16, but I left because I wanted to play games for West Ham. The loans were then just down to my eagerness to want to play football, really.

“The fact that people were wanting to take me all the time hopefully shows I’ve got something to offer.

“Gianfranco Zola signed me, so did Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Di Matteo. These are all managers who have obviously seen something.

“When I was 14/15, I used to stay over at Drogba’s house because he was from the same country as my parents, Ivory Coast. I’ve been at clubs with some top-class strikers and they’ve always told me, all those players – Drogba, Carlton Cole – that I’d be kicking myself if I didn’t achieve the potential I’ve shown.

“In my own head I feel I’ve got a lot to give, but I know it’s also down to me to prove it.

“The main thing for me is that I’ve now got people around me who I know will encourage me. I’m just praying it will start to happen for me.

“Whether it be in training, coming on for five minutes, or starting – I’m desperate to take my chances when they come along.”

Blues boss Mick McCarthy – whose assistant Terry Connor signed Nouble for Wolves – said: “We think he has got a lot of potential.

“He is still developing and, given the right environment, encouragement and support, we can get a player out of him – I’m certain.

“Clubs have seen this big, powerful kid and taken him on loan.

“They take a chance on him, he doesn’t do it and they don’t work with him – and no one has really explained to him why.

“I know TC worked with him at Wolves and he saw a whole load of improvement in him. There is such a willing lad in there. For the deal we have done (18-month permanent contract), it is such a good deal for us to take him.

“We’ll get the best out of him, no question.”

15 comments

  • Old timer has half this forum not spent eighteen months knocking PJ for not having replacements lined up before letting player leave? DD a case in point. MM does it the other way round and now people are having a pop for that. its as if some town fans are only happy when it rains. As i have said in previous posts i would rather it be the latter way round. do you anticipate all ten staying at the club? to do so would indeed be sterooesque. It is clear some will be moved on. No we don't need ten that's not the point. the point is better to have player in before you let other leave. To say RS talks sense is frankly unfathomable since he spews nothing but hate and vitriol that's about the one thing almost everyone on here seems to agree with, or have i misjudged the tone?

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    TrueBlue

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • TrueBlue - tried to answer you before but for some reaon this did not get through. I have praised MM in the past when I thought he got things right - but similarly reserve the right to ctitisise when I do not agree. By the same token you have a perfect right to take an opposing view to me. However if you do so surely it is not enough to say I am Sterooesque - which incidently I do not take as the insult you obviously intended - the man invariably speaks sense.What you should do is point out the error of my thinking & explain why we DO need 10 strikers. This is exactly the same amount as Man City & Man United put together & 5 times the amount employed by either Chelsea & Spurs - all of whom seem to be doing OK ??? If this principle were applied throughout the team we would have 5 goalkeepers 10 central defenders - a similar number of full backs & no less than 20 midfielders. My own outdated view is that we should have quality rather than quantity - but trust you will now explain why my thinking is so flawed ????????????

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    Old Timer

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Old Timer, whilst it is not nearly as bilious, hate fuled as his the comment below is heading towards Sterooesque- I realise there is a longway to go before you reach that satge but slippery slopes and all that. McGoldrick is here with a view to that being permanant in the summer and MM has said he likes Mclean too. How (given the points hall since he has been in charge) Can there already be such barbours rambleings from some corners of tghis forum? Lets actually see how we get on under MM before judging him? Why people are expecting a rash or perm additions during a month where prices are over inflated (as are the contracts players demand) I just dont know. To expect this is sheer madness and akin to anticpating european cup glory within the next couple of seasons. Its simply not going to happen, why even expect it given the nature of the Jan window

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    TrueBlue

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • How sadly predictable to see rational posts from Ipswich Town fans condemned as hateful in a puerile response to a perfectly sensible comment from Old Timer. Mick the Man has done a great job eh? He has taken the club into the same lower mid-table loan-filled mess they have been in almost from the day the invisible man took over and changed the entire identity of the club. Already he is failing to give young players a chance. Already he is piling in absurd loans... now SIX and counting. To repeat the blindingly obvious. It was never possible for Town to get relegated in such a poor division - so to incentivise a gravy train riding manager for 'saving the club' when he is already basking in the riches showered on failed managers nowadays is absurd. Time will tell if Mick the Man can do an adequate job... he made a relative silk purse out of a sow's ear at Wolves... but he was given money there... and there is precious little evidence to suggest he will be given any here. As Old Timer has said before, the club has tossed away its identity (as well as its integrity). Many, if not most Ipswich Town fans find Offshore Investment FC unapalatable at best. Next season will be time to judge Mick the Man and his gravy train riding team of yes men. This season even my mother-in-law could do a better job than Jewell.

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    Rob Steroo

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Steroo. Why do you have to include so many disrespectful words in your comments. You are entitled to your opinions and some are valid in a twisted sort of way. Perhaps you could get your mother in law to teach you to write comments with fewer snide remarks.

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    bristan

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • I would also say that talking about man u etc is fine butit has nothing to do with our situation, perhaps i should ask you to explain why bristol r, plymouth or wimbledon are struggleing with just a couple of strikers but i wont beacuse againits neither here nor there. If we have 5 keepers 10 defenders etc you might have a point but we all know to suggest such an outcome is absurd, hence sterooesque, IE resorting to to absurdity to makes ones point as there is no legitimate argument to make. Had you readmy post properly i did only say your statement was the 1st step on a slipery slope and a long way from is babble, your respone to me below is another stride down the path as you have resorted to absurdity

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    TrueBlue

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Totally agree with "True Blue" MM has done a great job since coming in. He has turned our fortune around. But it all comes down to the fact that you can't turn a sow's ear into a silk purse, at least not without obtaining some silk first. Proof of how good MM is will be judged on where we are after the side has been restructured. Then those that criticise before giving the Manager a chance can have their say if he doesn't succeed. I used to to hyper critical of PJ as I believed he hadn't a clue. ME is the owner, he pays the wages and has every right to decide when a Manager goes, but I do believe we would be a bit closer to a decent side had he bid farewell several months earlier.

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    whymarkmariner

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • I really do hope Ipswich 'get the best out of him'. As a young player who has actually signed for the club I hope his progress is not blocked by joining a team where a gaggle of loanee strikers could be given preference.

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    Old Timer

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • TrueBlue - I have no gripe with MM - or indeed PJ for the sake of it - or any personal dislike. My constant theme is that as far as possible we should rely on our own players & keep loans to a minimum - encourage our youths & build for the furure. This will always be my opinion whoever is the manager. Yesterday we put in a good performance at Cardiff & started with 7 of our own players & also managed to give Nouble some playing time - like you I am happy with that.

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    Old Timer

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • stereo=negative,negative,negative,blah,blah,blah.

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    david peters

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Old timer five may not go straight away it takes time to move player on. but RM has already gone on loan and scotland clearly wont be here next season so thats two already i guess we will see next season with how many we have on our books. as someone who was supportive of Pj i can assure you this forum was in the main opposed to my pov now i admit that i was proved wrong there but that's by the by. As for steroo 100% of his output on here is negative. statistically sometime he will be proved right, that does not make his comments go any way insightful. his continued contradiction of his own sentiments is proof of that. We could have appointed Arry and he would have been accused of being a mercenary. Strikes in abundance shows MM is being backed. another good thing. i just think snipeing at manager who is getting results two months into a job is pointless. As it stands we getting results. as such i am happy

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    TrueBlue

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Thanks Rob another Bilious comment to illustrate my point. We moved from bottom to to a point where we are starting to put a little daylight between us and the the relegation zone. MM has been able to sign players for less than 2 weeks. Are you saying you can judge a transfer policy in 2 weeks? Say it out loud and then consider it and you will realise it is simply farcical, even Abromovich gives a manager more time. Having said all that you then contradict the very thrust your point by agreeing that next season is indeed a better time to judge- Ramblings of a mad man. Perhaps your alter ego Ged can shed some light on that? You then state with all the impartiality of fox news commenting on Obama that MM was given money at wolves which is a mere nonsense, all simply because your so bored living in a broadland backwater. You then start on your "impossible to go down" rant in clear contradiction of so many of your previous predictions Talk about town fans from you is repugnant and redundant given that you are not one. I must ask why the moderator continues to allow such antagonistic statements to appear on this forum. Nouble 21, McGoldrik 25 not exactky Old. Murray 4 goals in 20 in a winning side in league 2 last season? Not prolific given Swindon's form you would expect a greater contribution from a front man (and I point out these were actual games, not training for those who believe this is the only way to judge a players ability). Carson returned to pre season out of shape which is worrying for a professional. The point is perhaps neither player is ready for the 1st team yet and the game time may benifit them and help them develop, which would be a good thing. Traditionally isn't that why clubs loan out players in the 1st place?

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    TrueBlue

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • TrueBlue - your argument re strikers only holds good if MM is going to get rid of at least 5 of them - & that is simply not going to happen. As regards RS he does often speak sense - though I agree people often take issue because of the tone of his remarks - this should not however detract from the actual content. For example you suggest that this forum spent 18 months knocking PJ - which is an exaggeration to say the least. There was debate up until the last few weeks - & he still has some supporters now - ie Cyril & Frank. However from day one RS said this was a bad appointment & gave reasons for this - which unfortunately turned out to be all too accurate. with the benefit of hindsight we can all agree that PJ was a bad manager - the fact that RS said this from the start in my book means he was speaking sense. The Dads Army philosophy was outdated - & over age mercenaries & loanees was a bad idea - but was bought into by a lot of supporters till it proved so disasterously wrong. A constant theme from RS is that we should give our own players a chance - again something I agree with - & to me makes perfect sense. Those opposed who like the idea of a constant merry go round of loanees could of course well be proved to be right - but I think only at the cost of removing the soul of this once great club.

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    Old Timer

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Top signing, he's a good prospect this lad, shows we are moving in the right direction, can't wait to see him play. COYB

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    Fat_Boy_Tim

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • TrueBlue - when McCarthy has done something with which I agree I have said so. Equally when he does not I also feel entitled to comment ??? You take an opposing view which is your right - but do not explain WHY you think it is a good thing that we now have 10 strikers ????????? To put things in perspective both Chelsea & Spurs are competing on 3 fronts - including Europe - with just 2 each. The top 2 teams in the premiership - ie ultra rich City & perennial winners United - between them have exactly the same number of strikers as Ipswich. I for one think this is very strange - even if the majority are loanees - & to disagree you should explain just why it is such a good idea - both in terms of playing strategy & best use of what we are told is limited resources ?????????????

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    Old Timer

    Friday, January 11, 2013

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