The 21-year-old midfielder finds himself down the pecking order at Portman Road at the moment – with Sam Morsy, Lee Evans, Dom Ball, Cameron Humphreys, and Rekeem Harper all seemingly ahead of him in McKenna’s thoughts.
With the new League One campaign set to get underway on Saturday, Ipswich played Southend United in their final pre-season game yesterday at Portman Road.
Speaking to EADT after the 3-1 victory, McKenna discussed El Mizouni’s situation and revealed he had spoken to the player about a potential loan move.
He said: “Idris is someone we’re speaking to at the moment about his pathway for the season.
“He has lots of loan interest. Obviously, he’s a very good player. There’s nothing confirmed or very, very, very close at the moment, but he’s someone we’re speaking to about his current situation of getting games this year. There might be an update on that in the next few days.”
A move would be El Mizouni’s fourth loan spell away from the club – having twice joined Cambridge United and once been sent to Grimsby Town.
Already a Tunisian international, the 21-year-old first joined the Ipswich academy in 2017 and has made 25 appearances for the club since making his senior debut in 2019.
El Mizouni was little more than a bit-part player last season – featuring in cup competitions and occasionally in the league – and it seems as though he’s likely to find himself down the pecking order again this term.
McKenna’s comments indicate that he’s highly rated at Ipswich but at his age, he does need a regular run of games and a loan spell should allow him to get that.
There appears to be no shortage of clubs interested so the Tractor Boys may be able to carefully choose where the best place to send him would be.
A top-half League Two side would seem the most likely at this point.