Jewell wants more players after missing out on Shelvey
PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 October 2011 | UPDATED: 11:11 04 October 2011
The perfect formula has seemingly been found in recent weeks - but that won't stop Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell looking for further reinforcements.
"“We haven’t cracked it and I don’t want the players to think that. I want them to want to improve and stay in the team.”"
Many assumed that last week’s loan addition of highly-rated teenage right-back Reece Wabara from Manchester City – Jewell’s 13th signing since the end of last season – would be the final piece in the jigsaw.
However, despite a settled side achieving a superb return of 10 points from the last four games, the Town manager admits he is still in the market for fresh talent that will keep his current stars on their toes.
Jewell has revealed that he tried to get Liverpool’s Jonjo Shelvey on loan last week, only for the teenage midfielder to go to Championship rivals Blackpool where he scored on his debut at the weekend.
And he won’t stop looking.
“We tried to get the boy Shelvey here last Friday but we couldn’t guarantee him a start and Blackpool could,” said the Blues boss.
“We’re looking for all types of players. You can only have five loan players in your match day squad so we can’t bring loads in, but we’re always looking to improve the squad.
“Sometimes when you get a couple of wins on the bounce you can almost sit back and think you’ve cracked it.
“We haven’t cracked it and I don’t want the players to think that. I want them to want to improve and stay in the team.”
Town currently have five loanees in David Stockdale (Fulham), Danny Collins (Stoke), Wabara (Fulham), Keith Andrews (Blackburn) and Daryl Murphy (Celtic), though the latter doesn’t count towards the five-man restriction as he has not come from an English club.