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Archive for the month “March, 2015”

McCarthy Claims Williams’ Return Has Given Ipswich A Huge Lift

Despite not having had the chance to impress Alan Pardew since the new manager joined the club at the turn of the year, academy graduate Jonny Williams has been welcomed back to Ipswich Town with open arms.

Although he is still struggling for full match fitness, having been out injured for yet another prolonged spell, Tractor Boys boss Mick McCarthy is thrilled to have the little man back in fold at Portman Road for the run-in to the season.

Speaking about the deal which has seen Jonny return to East Anglia, McCarthy said:

“To get Jonny in as well is fantastic. He is still getting back to full fitness and hasn’t played a first-team game since he got injured here against Watford.

“He is not going to come in and play seven games just like that and we will be guided by him but he’s got a part to play for us.

“He is loved by everyone at the club and he’s going to add some real quality to our squad. Having him back with us has given everyone a lift.”

With the terms of his loan meaning that he would have to miss out on the play-off final if the team got there, it seems as though his chances to make an impact for McCarthy and co. will be limited to say the least.

Undoubtedly seen as an immense talent by everyone there, just having him around the squad seems to be a blessing, with his performances sure to be tracked by us as the season reaches its climax.

There is every chance that he could prove to be instrumental in a late run towards a play-off place for Ipswich, such is his style of play and comfort on the ball. It’s just a shame we won’t be seeing him doing the same thing in red and blue for a few months at the very least.

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Palace Set For Decent Pay-Off If Defender Makes Summer Move

According to a report in a recent edition of the South London Press, Crystal Palace will be in for a hefty sum if Southampton decide to sell Nathaniel Clyne over the summer.

The right-back, who has been in fantastic form for Southampton this season, only has 12 months to run on his current contract, leading to the assumption that if the club do intend to get a decent fee for him rather than letting him leave for free in a year, they may be forced to cash in when the current season ends.

Although it had looked likely that Clyne would leave Palace for the South Coast with a tribunal ruling over the sum we received, Steve Parish was eventually able to negotiate a deal with Saints which included a sizeable sell-on percentage, meaning that if they are to offload him this summer, we would be in for a decent chunk of money ourselves.

For Clyne, there is every chance that a host of clubs may be Interested in taking him away from St Mary’s, having started all four of England’s last competitive fixtures under Roy Hodgson, thanks to stellar form in the Premier League.

Working in a Southampton defence which includes former Palace man Jose Fonte and fellow England hopeful Ryan Bertrand, Clyne is making quite a name for himself, with transfer speculation coming as part of the package.

For us, there is little to be gained by the right-back staying with Saints, but for the man himself, there remains a real dilemma between the stability and adoration he receives at his current club weighed off against the potential for titles and regular Champions League football elsewhere; it’s far from a straightforward decision that he is set to make.

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