Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has explained how losing Johnny Williams will be like ‘replacing the irreplaceable’.
The midfielder on loan from Crystal Palace has been a hit with the Tractor Boys after impressing in his two-month stint, but his positive performances will probably mean he will return to The Eagles in the summer on a permanent basis.
Speaking to Ipswich Player, McCarthy said: “If he wasn’t here he would be playing U21’s football and that’s nothing like the last few games he has had here.
“All of our fans have seen how good he is and they’re probably thinking he could do that in the Premier League.”
Williams has scored once and provided two assists in his spell at Ipswich, and Palace boss Tony Pulis was impressed with his performance when he watched him play against Nottingham Forest at the end of March.
Ipswich fans will be hoping Crystal Palace’s recent run of good form will push Palace into releasing the Welsh midfielder, but the likelihood is that Williams will return to the Premier League side for good at the end of the season.