Manager Mick McCarthy has said that the World Cup finals is not the best place to judge players and he doesn’t believe it should be used as a shopping window for future purchases, but he does admit it can often give a manager food for thought in terms of an unknown player from a smaller country that tempts you into having a far closer look.
Speaking to the Official Site McCarthy said he would spend more of his summer having a break and making plans for next season, given he turned down the chance to be one of the pundits at the World Cup, and he explained that many Premiership teams will be waiting until the tournament is over before finalising their squads and he knows it’ll have an impact on potentially who might become available either on a permanent basis or as a loan.
‘All the Premier League managers and scouts will be going out to Brazil or watching the games on TV. They won’t be looking to pick up players from countries like Italy, Germany and France, they will be looking at other countries that are under the radar and they might see a player they like. The World Cup will have a bearing on how Premier League managers look at their squads and it will also have a knock on effect on who they might let go.’
McCarthy goes on to say there is caution within the game now though because in previous years managers have made ‘monumental muck ups’ when they’ve signed players solely on their showing in an international final, and the occasion means that some players fail to shine because of the pressure, and otherwise average players can have the tournament of their lives as well, so he’ll be making no strict decisions on any player he watches himself, he’ll just see what others do and maybe who we can then benefit from down the line.
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