Strikers aplenty – new and old – but Mick McCarthy refuses to give up on DJ Campbell

06:05 11 January 2013

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MICK McCarthy might have bagged three new goal-getters in less than a week.

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“There is definitely potential there. He has a good goalscoring record.

“There is no doubt of his ability. Having been pushed out to Coventry, he has just shown everyone what a good goalscorer he is.

“I know it is a league lower, but he is a good Championship player.”

But that hasn’t dampened his appetite in luring DJ Campbell back to Portman Road before the end of the January transfer window.

David McGoldrick, Aaron McLean and Frank Nouble have all been added to the attacking ranks during a flurry of activity.

McCarthy has already started clearing out his fringe players with Jason Scotland transfer-listed and Ronan Murray yesterday joining League Two Plymouth on loan.

And despite also boasting last season’s top scorer Michael Chopra and Daryl Murphy, the Blues boss is refusing to give up on DJ Campbell who scored a blistering 10 goals in his three-month loan spell before returning to parent club QPR.

McCarthy admitted: “I would like to still do something with DJ – we are still interested. He is our top scorer, why wouldn’t I want him? I have not spoken to him since the weekend and I need to make that call.”

The news will come as a surprise to some supporters who expected the trio of new faces to compensate for the lack of Campbell signing permanently.

A decision on the 31-year-old’s future is not expected for a week or two with Campbell looking to impress QPR boss Harry Redknapp and the Premier League strugglers assessing their options.

But with McCarthy adamant that he still wants to improve his attacking riches, the message to his existing players is clear – step up or be shipped out.

He said: “Their positions are under threat, but a little bit of insecurity makes you work harder. You always hope it will spark them – if it doesn’t, it is to their detriment.

“I want it to make them play harder and better.”

McCarthy’s choice of two strikers for tomorrow’s daunting trip to Championship leaders Cardiff City will be intriguing to say the least.

Murphy and Chopra led the line at Aston Villa in last Saturday’s FA Cup third round defeat with McGoldrick and McLean impressing from the bench in the second half.

It could be that McCarthy continues with former Bluebirds forward Chopra after revealing that he was not concerned about the striker’s race-fixing hearing next week – and his public statement on Wednesday concerning his financial problems.


  • Steroo blah blah blah same ol same ol same ol, change the record man!

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    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • However tedious, tiresome or boring it may be I would like to hear what Steroid would actually like to see happen at Ipswich. I cannot remember once seeing a constructive comment. No matter what is printed there is a destructive negative criticism. A very sad individual indeed.

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    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Mcgoldrick cannot be signed except on loan you Muppets so that explains 1 loan. Orr has steadied the defence and has been one of our better players but Hewitt can expect more outings now as he seems to be over his recent ops. Another loan is Ndaw who has been MOM the last few home games so what's the problem?

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    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Goalgetters ? That remains to be seen !

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    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Old Timer let me help you with that one. The loans are financed by the clubs itching to get rid of dead wood. Scotland is on a pay per pay deal and actually playing this consistently OK Ipswich player for Ipswich would cost some money, whilst farming in deadbeats on a merry-go-round that was once comical but is now just plain embarrassing does not. The reason there are ten strikers on the book is that Keane & Jewell made clueless signings (although one with a dubious reputation is injured and another one has what the EADT might call allergies )... and presumably McCartney doesnt know what he is doing either - hence the multitude of loans by a man committed to no loans..

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    Rob Steroo

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • I can tell you're not a 'half glass full' guy Kevin.

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    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Whichever way you look at it we're going to be paying an awful lot of strikers not to play. This does rather discredit those who say ME has not backed his manager financially. Still not sure why we would recruit 3 new players to replace one - who we now learn may actually be coming back ????????

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    Old Timer

    Friday, January 11, 2013

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