With just three goals from the Blues’ recognised midfielders this season, can Mick McCarthy afford NOT to delve into the emergency loan market?

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The Blues boss stated that he was not going to look at further temporary options in a pre-match press conference last week but a lack of creativity is costing Town dear.

Just one shot on target in the 1-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday encapsulated a campaign which has seen the Blues tighten up at the back but fail to be prolific in front of goal.

The weekend’s midfield quartet – Carlos Edwards, Luke Hyam, Guirane N’Daw and Daryl Murphy – have only provided five league assists between them this season, Edwards with four and Murphy, one.

Meanwhile, Hyam and N’Daw have scored just one goal each in the league – the former having had just six shots on goal all season.

The majority of Murphy’s six strikes have come from his preferred position up front, while Edwards has yet to score.

But what are the alternatives to improve Town’s standing as the Championship’s joint-lowest scorers and their current position just a point above the drop-zone?

Lee Martin could come into the equation for Blackpool’s visit to Suffolk at the weekend and while his pace and energy could stretch a defence that has kept just one clean sheet in its last ten league games, not a single goal from 52 shots and just five assists, suggest he must do better.

The enigmatic Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, meanwhile, divides fans’ opinions and has been criticised for his inconsistency under both McCarthy and previous boss, Paul Jewell, while Andy Drury has yet to score from Town’s engine room this season.

Anthony Wordsworth, is pushing for a first start but it remains to see whether or not the former Colchester United playmaker is the right man for now or considered more as a prospect for the future.

The Blues’ defence has improved no end under McCarthy but a lack of creativity and goals puts increased pressure on the back-line.

Town need to pick up points and more temporary deals may be the only option.

What do you think? Should McCarthy enter the loan market ahead of the visit of Blackpool on Saturday? Let us know at starsport@archant.co.uk

17 comments

  • Any loans should come from the premiership like DJ. If a player is available for loan from fellow championship sides it's because they are either not good enough or not match fit, that being the case they are not good enough for us either. A player who cant get in a premiership side would most likely shine in what is a pretty poor championship this season !

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    gaz man gaz

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • No more loans – it’s already beyond a joke and a complete parallel with Norwich’s relegation to League One. N’Daw, Murphy, Kinsorbo and possibly Stearman are more or less our players if we can afford their wages come the summer – so they’re not so bad. Why, though, persist with McClean when we have our own alternative strikers, especially when Nouble has always looked a threat when given a chance? For creativity we already know Martin is a waste of time, so give Wordsworth a go. Hyam and N’Daw to continue but behind Wordsworth. The choice of wide men and lone striker we’ll have to leave to MM & TC. I get the impression we do create opportunities where players can put people into scoring positions. It’s just that the player concerned almost invariably messes up the final ball. Even when they don’t, the subsequent attempt at a finish is worthy of a primary school playground. If only we still had DJ! All this is Indicative of a bunch of players with no bottle.

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    Pete James

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • The policy of overloading the team with loanees has got us into this position - just what makes anybody believe that the way out of it is to employ more ?????? MM like so many others of his generation falls back on the mantra that in tough times you go for experience & it is not the right time to try younger untested players. This seems to overlook the glaringly obvious that they are only untested because they have continually been ignored in favour of the previous batch of loanees. This virtually becomes a self fuulfilling prophecy & any experience gained would be to be loaned out themselves. Even ignoring the crass stupidity of giving away Scotland - what for example happened to Carson. Some 2 years ago he looked like a proper player - was discarded 'for one match only' for being too small - & subsequently has had his confidence eroded to such an extent that his career is in freefall. My own opinion is that players such as Hewitt & Wordsworth could add some verve to an often tired looking team. I may of course be wrong but my point is that we shall never know if they are not given a real chance. I do applaud MM for some of the younger players he has brought in - but the fact that he has shown little inclination to play them brings him ever closer to the discredited policies of Jewell & his plethera of loanees. We haven't heard the words 'dads army' yet - but similarly we have heard nothing to indicate that young hungry players may be given a chance.

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    Old Timer

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Unless you want to be certainties for relegation , DO NOT split up Hyam and Ndaw ,perhaps you ought to remember mr Brammer that it is strikers job to score goals , i do agree with comments about Edwards , but i most certainly do not believe loans are the answer or ever have been , McCarthy like his predecessors seems to run a mile when it comes to giving youngsters a chance , i firmly believe it is where our salvation lies , the likes of lawrence , marriott etc , should be given a place on the bench at the very least.

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    KEVIN FRANCIS

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • No more loan players please.We must stick with what we have,I feel the squad we have is capable of keeping us up,but the midfield does need to be sorted and quick.why not push AC into midfield it's worth a go and please leave out our so called captain who is just not up to the game, and why not give Wordsworth a full game,what is the point of sitting on the bench anybody at the moment is better than Edwards.The defence is fine and providing the two Max's get the service I'm sure we will be fine.We must win Saturday because watford at home is a real bogey.COYB

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    brisie58

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • To be fair old timer all the perm additions MM has signed have been young. its clear from what we have seen so far that is his long term plan. I still don't understand why people are criticiseing a man who has barley had chance to make his mark on the squad. right now we are in a relegation scrap and MM's mandate is purely to keep us up. He can only play the hand he has been dealt which is too many loanees. i agree a lack of town players In the squad has been one of our biggest problems of recent years but that can only really be dealt with effectively in the summer.am i the only person who thinks those perm additions are so far a step in the right direction?

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    TrueBlue

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Naarwich fan in peace. I'd just like to say that we have a similar troll called Ged Steroo on our pink un site, and that the thing is most definitely not a Norwich fan. Wouldn't want hurtful accusations like that flying around! Most likely an archant employee trying to stir up trouble. Thanks.

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    chirpy

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Steroo, I think I speak for most on here when I say I wish you would leave this board, and stop your boring, attention-seeking, trolling comments that paint a picture of a man living a depressed, joyless life.

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    Tom

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • NO more loan players please! Sadly on the evidence of repeated poor performances there is one likely outcome. Players are only let out on loan of they are not good enough to play in their own club's first team. So we must assume that a team comprising mainly loan players is a team made up of players not good enough to compete with the other teams in the league. We are not going to be able to compete with most teams in the Championship given our team and squad make up. Despite this we must now build with what our own home players – build for the future – blood in our own young talent with the experience we have – and then push on next season in the Championship or more realistically in League One (sadly).

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • No more loans please - build a team around our own players and if we need more creativity, give Wordsworth a chance to add a bit of poetry to the midfield.

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    John Lowe

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • One of the reasons ITFC are in this mess is because they have had too many loanees. Sometimes the medicine tastes bad but surely it is time to realise that what we have got is what we have got. The existing players may not be good enough but that is what management is for - to get them to play together better than other teams (or at least 3 other teams this year). Town owners and previous management have got us into this mess and now it needs someone with some principles, honesty and no little ability to get us out of it. Borrowing other peoples outcasts is not the way and for me even if it means going down I would like to see some integrity in our demise and a willingness to fight back in an honorable and honest way.

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    SussexTractorBoy

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • ......and I care? Very disillusioned ex-season ticket holder.

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    IG

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Yes. That is all.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Why not give Wordsworth a full game either in centre or on the left Nouble up front ( if he can stay on his feet) along with McGoldrick...Jack Marriott on the bench instead of Chopra....and why not try Hewitt on the right wing, I know he's a rb but is very athletic and hungry to make a start, couldn't be much worse.

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    Deg

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • So what you are saying is that Yorkshire Jewell should get in loans to replace Murphy (loan) or N'Daw (loan) to provide the bullets for an entirely loaned-in attack? This ludicrous suggestion seems in complete contrast to your previous article that clearly shows Offshore Investment FC on current form are one of the better teams in the division. Hopefully a win and a draw from the next two games will encourage your gullible and deluded readers, and even those like Cyril who appear beyond help, to fantasise about promotion once again.

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    Rob Steroo

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • If, as has been suggested players are only loaned out by their clubs because they are not good enough to get into the team this doesn't give much hope to those loaned out by ITFC does it ? I have been saying for months, if fact until I'm blue in the face that the midfield simply isn't good enough. Plenty of effort, but little creative play and hardly any goals. Even when the defense were being moaned about, I still felt that it was partly due to the midfield not helping out. Trouble is, they seem incapable of both providing supply and helping the defense. Which again points to a big problem. I do think part of the problem is that apart from N'Daw the rest of them are not sure whether they are forwards or midfielders. Edwards has not flourished since moving forward, Martin cannot be accused of lack of effort, but the end result is normally poor, Hyam tries hard but is inconsistent, Murphy is probably better in the middle up front and the less said about JET the better.

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    whymarkmariner

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Yes, he should. The midfield cannot score! This season our collective attacking options have gleaned 25 goals and our defence 9 but the midfield is a joke! From this department to date we have accrued just 3 goals and you don't have to be a mathematician to realize that that is one third of the goals that have been scored by our defenders alone, which tells you everything! Unless we find a free scoring midfielder fast we are in very deep trouble I am afraid.

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    FRANK WESTON

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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