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BOSS NOT SURPRISED BY ANDRE INTEREST

16 April 2016

But Mick says he expects the teenager to be part of Town building for the future

Mick McCarthy said he is not surprised there is interest in Andre Dozzell but doesn’t expect the teenager to be going anywhere but into Town’s first-team. 

The midfielder followed in his dad Jason’s footsteps by scoring as a 16-year-old on his debut to give Town a share of the spoils at Sheffield Wednesday. 

Andre has been reported to be the target of interest from several Premier League clubs and the Town boss told Ipswich Player HD: “He’s a very talented player and of course there is going to be interest in him.

“There will be interest in every good young player in the country but we want our best players - and our most promising players - to stay.

“Marcus [Evans, Club owner] has shown that before when he has turned down big money bids for David McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy.

“I don’t think it will be a problem with Dozzer either. He wants to play in our first-team and his dad has already said he is at the best club to do that. 

“It was a mature performance from a 16-year-old and he and some of the other young players at the Club are going to have to step up and play a part as we build for the future.”

The draw leaves Town eight points adrift of sixth placed Wednesday with four games to play, with Mick, who also scored on his debut as an 18-year-old for Barnsley, conceding: “It looks impossible for us now.

“Normally it would be a good point at Wednesday and it is but it’s not what we wanted. At least the fans saw a good second-half display and Dozzer scoring.”

Jason and Andre are the first father and son to play for Town, with Jason still the youngest scorer in top flight football at 16 years and 57 days against Coventry in 1984.

Subscribers to Ipswich Player HD can watch the full interview with Mick now.  
    


 


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