Moans About Loans by ElephantintheRoom – Ipswich Town Blog


Complain about loans
Written by ElephantintheRoom on Thursday January 6th, 2022 5:32 PM

Christmas has come early for Town supporters with the surprising appointment of a manager who could have a future in the game.

After some pretty depressing recent appointments and arguably the most disheartening manager’s pick list ever, it was a surprise to hear about a nomination that might actually turn out to be quite inspirational.

Surely one of the strengths of hiring a newbie manager like Kieran McKenna is that he comes with no baggage, no cabal of hangers – and no preconceptions about “his players.” A new broom that can actually be ready to handle what he has.

I don’t have any preconceived expectations – I would be surprised if the current crop of largely rootless fellow players match his ideas and approach to training – which has apparently demoralized Manchester United players. , forcing them to throw their toys out of the pram. But they could.

There is also a group of fairly competent players largely ignored by Cook who have been patiently waiting for Cook to be sacked. There’s a whole core of players out there, from an overlooked goalie to a bad boy striker who might appreciate a chance to play for Town.

My most fervent hope is that there is a common reflection within the club. The much-maligned Lambo was actually on hand when he pointed out the glaring issues with the asset-stripped shell he inherited – no football structure, too many loans, local players not passing, revolving door recruitment .

It wasn’t rocket science. He could have added an owner who had a distant interest in the club with some justification – as ever tighter purse strings soon seemed to stifle any lack of enthusiasm Lambert might have had for the task.

I don’t remember the legendary academy ever being mentioned in the EADT when every misdirection presented as Cook’s replacement was discussed with breathless optimism.

The Under-23 team appear to have descended into a gulag with naughty measures for any players the previous bad manager was not prepared to work with. For my life, I don’t see this approach being very beneficial for young players who hope for a future in the game.

It would be nice to think that a young manager with a background in youth development might want to rake the dying embers of Town’s youth development program. Perish the thought he might even consider a five-year plan (just in case those trigger-easy cowboys in America have a five-month plan)

Which brings me belatedly to the reason for the blog – the loans. You’d think local journalists would start to get excited about what McKenna could do with all the tools in his toolbox so to speak – but no, the first article of 2022 was a breathtaking journey of 13 possible loan targets – despite the fact that there were already five players on loan here in such a hopelessly disappointing season and all this a day after EADT ironically hailed Town’s Young Player of the Year for playing for Swindon.

I’ve never understood the logic of a club like Town that begs and borrows players from other teams – other than the obvious one Evans clung to – it’s cheaper than having your own players.

I never understood how supporters can get enthusiastic about moonlighting mercenaries, however “successful” the temporary employment may be. I’ve never seen a lot of logic in lending players and lending your own players. How demoralizing must that be?

The city having a productive youth system is now firmly locked into a bygone era and it is difficult to conceive of it ever being restored unless there is a drastic change in the way the club is run. Which is quite strange, as today’s bloated teams and the number of substitutes used should encourage the development of youngsters and young players. Yet the opposite seems to be true as managers and supporters grasp the mirage of short-term solutions.

The lyrical supporters on the local stars of yesteryear – but just as, if not more importantly, were the almost men. I still maintain that Town would not have won the FA Cup in 1978 without Robin Turner, one of the many players at the club who were content to just sit on the sidelines and take their chances when she did show up, playing for the reserves for the year. after year.

Every now and then, figures like Keith Bertschin, Bobby Bell, Glen Keeley, David Geddis or John Peddelty might be sold or used as extra weight to pull off a surprising transfer shot. Different eras – but as Lambo was quick to point out, the club desperately need to get back to their roots instead of continually rolling the dice with loans, ‘free’ and transfers.

Even more surprisingly, players who have apparently been around for years, such as Brian Talbot, Trevor Whymark or Colin Harper, could emerge over time to become first-team matches of the highest quality.

Not all of the players entered at age 17, scoring George Best at Old Trafford and stayed. But also, none were sent to Swindon. The thing is, we gave them a chance. Hopefully McKenna can unblock the deadlock in Town’s youth development agenda, rather than putting Manchester United, Spurs or Chelsea players in the showcase.

In my opinion, Town started to decline in the George Burley years when the club started to take shortcuts in the loan market rather than relying on the proven model of player development.

It started off pretty well with lenders like Jim Magilton and Jamie Clapham before the purchase – but quickly turned into a litany of catastrophic mistakes with people like Gerry Creaney and Samassi Abou still looking confusing decades later.

In recent years, dozens of loans have gone through the revolving door – it is difficult to prove that many of them are successful. Even today, with loan players in goal and up front facing successful ‘signings’, their potential departure will simply create problems as McKenna’s tenure begins with a saga of will-they-won’t-become. -they-permanent.

In recent years, we’ve had our fair share of lending curiosities. Roy Keane brought in Daryl Murphy who had such a big contract [at Celtic] he was willing to wait years like an embarrassing permanent loan before he finally signed.

And then there’s Janoi Donacien, presumably signed without due diligence and eventually joined on loan due to unforeseen issues, then quickly loaned out to Accrington almost as soon as he was definitively signed. Yet despite the yo-yo start of his career at Town and a less than enthusiastic reception from “supporters”, he’s still there, like most of Paul Hurst’s questionable signings.

But it is the loan of promising players that is really close to my heart. I still find it hard to see the advantage Titus Bramble got from a serious injury at Colchester – all that has really been to shorten his career at Town by a year. Likewise, why loan a player of the obvious caliber of Flynn Downes to Luton when you can play him yourself?

And that perhaps alludes to the real issues facing clubs like Town. At the turn of the century, Town could realistically expect to hang on to their young stars as teenagers – before Darren Bent went to a “bigger club” like Charlton in his early twenties.

As the decline accelerated, Connor Wickham left as a teenager – again for a “big club” like Sunderland. Town can no longer benefit from exceptionally gifted players. Worse yet, all outstanding schoolboy players are now being picked up by clubs doped with Premier League money.

City supporters have come to accept that all the truly gifted players in the academy may not, or almost certainly, never play for the club. It must be a terrible situation.

Worst of all, perhaps, is the unclear path to progress, exemplified in the most sickening and vivid way when the captain of Town’s successful youth squad recently switched to Norwich.

But worse than the hemorrhaging of talented youngsters is the specter of helping these clubs block the development of our own players by throwing their surplus at clubs like Town as a sort of favor. The loan system has to be self-destructive for a club like Town. It also prevents the club from taking advantage of late developers and players who are good enough to succeed if given the chance, rather than a disheartening loan.

One of the really depressing things about Cook’s demolition of the club was that most of a once-popular crop of town youths were sacrificed and left the stage with barely a whimper.

Most fans were apparently happy to see the backs of Andre Dozzell, Downes, the somewhat fragile Teddy Bishop and Jack Lankester, who, like many before them, flattered themselves that they were cheating. Only Luke Woolfenden and Myles Kenlock remain and they too seem to be underestimated by the town’s devotees.

As I write these lines, McKenna is getting lyrical about his remaining four loan batch – somehow suggesting that as long as Macauley Bonne and Christian Walton don’t sign for a contender, he isn’t yearning for a handful. young people on loan.

Hopefully this is a sign that McKenna intends to avoid loaning into the Will Keanes of tomorrow and is in fact willing to work with what he inherits.


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Highlights added 8:09 PM – Jan 6
Excellent point on Robin Turner, FA Cup 1978.

The further down the pyramid we go, the bigger the loans become because we get better quality in the short term than we could permanently afford. Some will fail, others will succeed.

The red haired guy who came to play against Rotherham last season, we played in the Champ, was amazing in that one game. Was it James Collins? He could barely walk at the end of the game.

Patrick Kisnorbo was outstanding in the FA Cup third round at Aston Villa ten years ago.

Gary Roberts was awesome until he signed up for good.

I don’t remember many others. Until this season with Walton and Bonne. These are unfortunately only stop gaps.

We have to play the system as it is now, Walton and Bonne seem to be on the right track as we are close to our salary cap. Just watch again if we think the team can be beefed up this month within budget.

Kieran McKenna is getting used to at this level starting with getting a result this Saturday in the face of Gillingham’s epic villainy and hostility, we wish him all the best. Battle the technical area with them, not to mention what’s happening on the pitch.

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bigolconnor added 8:33 PM – Jan 6

I love to watch exciting players play for Ipswich. Chances are, if someone has an amazing season for a club, they will be bought by someone better. So if I see Dos Santos, Ryan Fraser, Lawrence or Celina ripping it up for a few matches in the dress shirt, I at least have the postcard even though I couldn’t stay at the complex.

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