Griffin Park

Next Game

Brentford v Ipswich

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

McCarthy wary of WC deals

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has warned that shopping for hidden gems at the World Cup can be a risky business.

Last Updated: 14/05/14 at 17:18 Post Comment

Mick McCarthy: Wary of World Cup shop window

Mick McCarthy: Wary of World Cup shop window

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Scouts from clubs across the globe will be flocking to Brazil this summer in the hope of spotting a potential star of the future.

Most will be looking away from the established footballing nations, with the depth of their talent well-documented.

They will, however, have to tread carefully as history dictates that shopping in a World Cup window is not always the best idea.

McCarthy, who has worked in international management and in the Premier League, says 'monumental muck-ups' have been made in the past as a result of poor judgements being made on players who are not right for the English game.

He told Ipswich's official website: "All the Premier League managers and scouts will be going out to Brazil or watching games on TV.

"They won't be looking to pick up the top 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 for next season and it will also have a knock-on effect on who they might let go - either permanently or on loan.

"Some managers down the years have made monumental muck-ups in signing players after World Cups though.

"You see players playing for their country and sometimes they play way above what they normally do. Obviously they would have done well to get to that level and then they go and have a great World Cup.

"Then they come to England and you wonder what happens. That has happened to a lot of players. I don't think the World Cup is the best place to judge them."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

G

ood lord that's got me unnecessarily excited. Damn you Storey. Cut to Liverpool being crushed under the wheels of Sparky's Stoke Machine and Firmino brought off the bench to no effect. It's the hope that kills you.

suarez_blind
Roberto Firmino: Steel To Complement The Silk

N

o Schweini? Have to admit that I did a little sex wee when we signed him and I can't wait to see him in action!!!

spence
F365's Top Ten Players We Can't Wait To Watch

I

think he'll do quite well. My only reservation would be Kagawa, who had similar stats to Firmino in the bundesliga before he came, but time will tell.

GVMUFC
Roberto Firmino: Steel To Complement The Silk

Footer 365

Barcelona want Pedro to stay

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has said he wants Pedro to stay in Catalonia and revealed the player has not expressed his desire to leave.

Ibrahimovic to make future decision

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted he may well have played his last game for Paris Saint-Germain and will make a decision on his future next week.

Pep: Schweini not fit for three years

Manchester United's new signing Bastian Schweinsteiger has not been fit for three years, says his former boss Pep Guardiola.

Mail Box

Is Jack Wilshere The New Diaby?

This was supposed to be his season but he is already injured. We have mails on Chelsea, TV football, why Raheem Sterling is worth more than ADM and more...

There's A Lot Of Anger About TV...

...and how much you have to pay - largely for games you don't actually want to watch. Many of you are forced to go illegal. We also have mails on Chelsea, Angel di Maria and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company