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26 February 2016

Mick explains the frustrations of getting Premier League players to come on loan

Mick McCarthy has told the Club website of his frustrations at trying to find the right player to add his squad, with some Premier League players reluctant to drop down a division.

With Blues missing a number of first-team regulars for weeks yet through injury, the Town boss is in the market to add someone that will go straight into his team - but that is a lot easier said than done. 

“We are looking around but it has to be a player that is better than what we have here. Someone who is going to go straight into the team,” explained Mick to Ipswich Player HD. 

“People are probably thinking ‘there must be someone out there’ but at the moment there is either no one available or they don’t want to come. 

“There can be reluctance out there for players to drop down from the Premier League, especially at this stage of the season. I had it last year. I had a couple of players who said they didn’t want to devalue themselves. That was the quote they used near enough. 

“I said if you come and rip it up, you are not going to devalue yourself. You will get another club. 

“The most important thing is that they are hungry to play games. It must be better than staying at mother hen and taking the money, so yes, it’s disappointing when players have that attitude. 

“I can understand it from a Premier League club’s point of view. If they have a player, say a striker, and he comes here on loan for 10 games or so and doesn’t score. That can devalue him. Other clubs will look at him and say ‘well, he went to Ipswich and didn’t score’ and start to question how good the player really is. It can get very political.

“I have to say as well though, that maybe the answer to turning our results around might just have to be in-house. Perhaps we’ve all got to play that little bit better.”

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

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