Speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times, Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has ruled out the chances of the club permanently signing Tom Lawrence this summer. The Welsh international has impressed at Portman Road on a season-long loan from Premier League champions Leicester City.
The 23-year-old still has a year remaining on his current deal with the Foxes, although it is quite likely his long-term future lies away from the King Power Stadium. McCarthy believes that Lawrence is good enough to play in the Premier League and is likely to have a string of suitors at a higher level than the Sky Bet Championship.
Lawrence has found the back of the net on nine occasions in the league for the Tractor Boys, and McCarthy says that Ipswich fans will have to enjoy seeing him in the blue shirt while they can,
“No chance I don’t think (when asked if Lawrence could sign permanently for Ipswich). For one I think Tom will have his heart set on the Premier League and I think that he’ll get that.
“If they were to sell him I think there would be a lot of takers.
“Tom has been brilliant, we’ve all loved him, everybody has really appreciated what he’s done, but I think he’s got his heart set on Premier League football – and why wouldn’t he? We’ve got no chance.”
There are said to be interested clubs monitoring his progress around the January transfer window, but his loan deal with Ipswich strictly runs until the end of the campaign and was unable to have been cut short. It therefore remains to be seen where he’ll be playing his football next season, but he has certainly shone he can make a big impact in the Championship, so is the Premier League the next logical step for him?