McCarthy: Muzzy Carayol has a point to prove, must earn a longer deal at Ipswich

BY: East Anglian Daily Times

Mick McCarthy has challenged Mustapha Carayol to earn himself a longer-term deal at Ipswich Town.

The Gambian winger was snapped up on a free transfer until the end of the season following his release by Championship rivals Nottingham Forest on deadline day.

Town become the 12th stop of the 29-year-old’s career following previous stints at MK Dons, Crawley, Torquay, Kettering, Lincoln, Bristol Rovers, Middlesbrough, Brighton, Huddersfield and Leeds. He’s never clocked up 40 starts for any one of his many employers and often been used as an impact substitute.

“Muzzy has just been a good Championship player, he’s got that ability to change games, to win games,” said McCarthy.

“He played against us for Middlesbrough (when they beat the Blues 2-0 at the Riverside in March 2014) and he ripped us apart completely. He’s got that ability. We all know what wingers are like because they’re the first ones that get hauled off.”

“But it’s generally because nobody’s giving them the ball and they can’t get it. We’ve not got that much cover in wide areas though and I think Muzzy’s a real good signing for us to put pressure on the others.”

He continued: “I love players with a point to prove, they’re great. He’s out of contract in the summer and he’s 29. I guess he wants to play until he’s 35. Why shouldn’t he? He’s got six more years, where’s it going to be? Could it be here?”

“Wherever it’s going to be, he’s got to earn that now. He’s been at Forest, he’s been able to play, but he’s been a sub and he’s been a bit-part player. He needs to play, he needs to get a job, he needs to stay in football. It’s great that insecurity, it makes you work harder.”