McCarthy would like to see more of triallist Roland Lamah
PUBLISHED: 22:30 26 July 2016 | UPDATED: 22:30 26 July 2016
© Copyright Stephen Waller
Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy likes what he’s seen in Belgian international triallist Roland Lamah.
The 28-year-old left-winger, who was born in the Ivory Coast but has been capped five times by Belgium, played the first 56 minutes of tonight’s goalless pre-seaosn draw at League One side Charlton Athletic.
Well-travelled, his former clubs includes include Anderlecht (Belgium), Le Mans (France) and Osasuna (Spain), while he had a loan spell at Swansea in 2013/14 before most recently playing for Ferencváros in Hungary.
“I thought Roland did well, but he’s not fully match fit – not anywhere near,” said McCarthy.
“He was at Ferencváros last year. It’s a small world isn’t it, because my mate (Peter Friar) is the physio at Ferencváros. He used to be my physio at Sunderland.
“He told me about him, he’s come up via an agent and we said we’d have a look at him. He only came in yesterday, trained and played today.”
McCarthy, whose side complete their pre-season with a home game against Belgian side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise at Portman Road on Saturday, continued: “I think it’s difficult when you are somebody who creates. You do all the hard work, but then you’ve got to have the legs and the lungs to do something at the end of it.
“He did all the hard yards. He made a couple of tackles, he opened his legs up once in the middle of the park; you can certainly see he’s got something.
“I’d like to prolong his stay and see if we can do something with him.
“I know he can play because I’ve seen him on all our analysis equipment – Wyscout and all that. He’s got goals in him and I know he can play. I don’t think the tackles were for show tonight though because my mate says he does that anyway.”
Town dominated possession at The Valley with Brett Pitman twice hitting the bar and Luke Chambers twice missing glorious chances in the closing stages.
“That performance had most things, except a goal,” said McCarthy. “We dominated the game, played some really good football and created some good chances. I’m sending Chambo for his contacts to be checked tomorrow!”
He continued: “We started the game really well, then we slowed it down and got bogged down at the back. We’ve got to learn how to change in a game – and we did. Sometimes you need four or five minutes of scrapping and kicking and biting and snarling, then you can play again. You can’t keep doing the same thing and I think we did adapt in that game.”