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Ipswich Town's deadline day signing Sam Morsy to make debut against West Ham United-21s




Paul Cook has confirmed Sam Morsy will make his Ipswich Town debut against West Ham United-21s in the Papa John's Trophy on Tuesday night.

The deadline day signing from Middlesbrough is currently serving a three-match suspension for the red card that he received against Blackburn Rovers prior to joining Ipswich.

However, the ban does not cover the midweek visit from West Ham's youngsters, and Cook is keen to give the Egyptian a run out as eyes up a place at Wembley.

Paul Cook is planning to field a strong side against West Ham Under-21s. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Paul Cook is planning to field a strong side against West Ham Under-21s. Picture: Barry Goodwin

"Yes, 100 per cent," the boss replied when asked if Morsy would feature against the Hammers.

"We'll have a strong team out on Tuesday night. It's a competition that why can't you do well in? Why can't you go to Wembley?

"What a great day out that would be. I know Portsmouth fans (and) Sunderland fans have travelled in great numbers.

"We've got to start winning. The biggest ingredient we're lacking at the moment is that winning mentality.

"I know what winning brings and it's something we've got to start doing quickly."

Morsy, 30, will not be available for league action until September 28 when Ipswich host Doncaster Rovers.

And Cook is expecting a player that he knows very well to have a big impact on the group.

"In Morsy's case, (he's got) vast experience, multiple promotions, played at a very high level, an international footballer and he'll be a defensive rock for us," he added.

"He's an absolute character of a man. He's captained all my teams I've been with – at Chesterfield for three years, at Wigan for three years. He knows what I want every day and he delivers every day."

Cook was non-committal when asked if Morsy would be his captain at Ipswich, though he did confirm Lee Evans would continue to wear the armband against Bolton Wanderers tomorrow.

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