Ipswich Town went into the January transfer window of the 2017/18 campaign with their season stagnating.
The club were never going to be relegated, nor were they about to challenge for promotion and tempers were flaring between the fans and Mick McCarthy as they grew tired of their manager’s approach to matches and felt a fresh style was needed.
But Mick was not about to leave anytime soon and was always looking to improve the Tractor Boys’ squad.
In January he brought in Aaron Drinan, Barry Cotter, Stephen Gleeson and Cameron Carter Vickers in the hope of adding some excitement to the closing weeks of the season.
They also brought in a risky free agent after he was released by Nottingham Forest.
This is FLW Rewind, where we take a look back at a big decision made by a club, analyse the initial reaction and document what happened next.
The man in question is winger Mustapha Carayol.
✍️ | #itfc have signed Mustapha Carayol on a short-term contract until the end of the season
Welcome to the Club @Muzza_19! ????⚪️
— Ipswich Town FC (@Official_ITFC) January 31, 2018
It was a questionable signing given his poor record with Forest, and their fans were far from sad to see him go.
The former Bristol Rovers man scored just three times in 38 appearances for the Reds with just two assists arriving in that time as well.
And it is safe to say that the Portman Road faithful were not totally enamoured with the acquisition either:
Welcome to the u23’s & the occasional bench appearance ???? #ITFC
— Chants & Polls ⚽️ (@insignenation) January 31, 2018
Embarrassing yet again,
— Jordan Paddy (@Paddyitfc) January 31, 2018
The guy looks gutted ????
— James Foley (@JamesScottFoley) January 31, 2018
The fans were right to be annoyed by the signing.
The 30-year-old proved to be as ineffective as expected, starting just twice during the last few months of the season.
Aside from that he was confined to cameo appearances from the bench and scored just one goal.
He was released in the summer with new manager Paul Hurst deciding he was not the sort of player he wanted in his new-look squad.