LUKE Chambers believes young full-back Elliott Hewitt has a “tremendous future” ahead of him in the game.

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The teenage right-back made his second successive appearance for Ipswich as a sub in Saturday’s defeat at Leeds United.

Like his debut against Millwall, Hewitt was handed only a few minutes by Mick McCarthy as the Blues boss carefully manages the 18-year-old’s recovery from the hip impingement injury which blighted his first summer at Portman Road.

Fans are quickly getting excited about Hewitt’s potential, especially after experienced right-back Bradley Orr was at fault for Leeds’ crucial second at Elland Road.

And it seems the feeling is replicated inside the dressing room, judging by Chambers’ comments.

The centre-back said: “Everyone was delighted for Elliott getting his debut. He is a tremendous lad and I think he has a tremendous future ahead of him.

“It is a fantastic signing for the club as I think others bigger than Ipswich were looking at him. Unfortunately, he had the injury he had, but he has come back stronger.

“He looks like an athlete and he is an option. You saw his attacking prowess against Millwall – he is one to be very positive about.”

While Orr appears to have the right-back berth for now, McCarthy has made no secret of how impressed he has been with Hewitt in the six weeks since he replaced Paul Jewell.

Chambers believes one key factor in the change of management is that no one’s position is safe in the team.

He explained: “The gaffer has made no secret that if you are not performing to your best and not buying into what he wants, you will be out.

“Maybe, people who were possibly comfortable in the team under the previous manager have found that it is a new start for everyone. “People have come in and done very well over the last few weeks.”

Chambers believes the side has adapted quickly to the ideas of McCarthy and his assistant manager Terry Connor.

And despite the 2-0 defeat at Leeds on Saturday, the former Nottingham Forest defender is adamant the Blues will keep moving away from the bottom three.

Chambers added: “We never talked about a relegation fight, but when the results aren’t going well, it is always in the back of your mind. But ever since I signed for the club and seen what is here. I never had any doubts. You are never too good to go down but we have remained positive.

“The gaffer has made no secret of the fact he won’t be getting carried away – and we won’t either. They have come in with their own ideas and the lads have bought into them quickly.”

4 comments

  • who really cares what you think scotty???????.

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    david peters

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Ged! You seem to have got your poison pen out again. Let us know why you went quiet for a while when we were winning or was it because you were taking your medication and have now stopped.

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    bristan

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Let's hope Elliott does have a big future, but will it be with Town?Or are other clubs hanging fire to see if he's got over his injuries and will then step in. I feel the future for Town is still very much in the balance. Take a look at January when a lot of the loanies are due to return to their clubs. These are players who currently hold first team places. DJ Campbell has done well, but we could still do with a big fella to come on to mix things up a bit, so this may mean we want two forwards in January. MM still has a massive job on his hands. Firstly to keep us in this league and secondly to try and produce a team capable of challenging for the Premiership. Keeping up may be possible, but any challenge for the Premiership is a few seasons away, unless ME is prepared to dig very deep in the closed season.

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    whymarkmariner

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Chambers who are you to suggest a player is going to have "big things" happen to him??? You want to get your own game up to standard before making comments about other players careers!!!

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    ged scott

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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