Sitting in second place heading into the 25th game of the campaign, the Tractor Boys have had the form of two young stars to thank, with full-back Tyrone Mings and central midfielder Teddy Bishop winning rave reviews for their performances in Mick McCarthy’s side. 21-year-old Mings has proven to be a strong defensive full-back, with an impressive attacking ability as well, whilst Bishop has been praised for his ability to control the game from the centre of the park, despite being just 18-years-old.
The former has been linked with a move to Arsenal in the early stages of the season, whilst both the Gunners and Manchester United are said to be tracking Bishop, and, although they could be turning out in the Premier League next season if they remain with Ipswich, the allures of England’s biggest clubs may prove to be too strong should they come calling.
There have been no reports confirming whether offers have been submitted for either youngster, but it is expected that Mings will be under intense transfer scrutiny in the next weeks, and manager Mick McCarthy believes he will be powerless to reject transfers for either of his duo if ‘special’ offers come in for them.
“There is nothing I can do if somebody bids [for one of the players],” McCarthy told talkSPORT. “All I can do is deal with it if or when it comes along.
“I tend to think they’re all doing well in this team at the minute and they can see they’ve got a chance of getting promoted and it would have to be something special [for them to leave]. If it is, well, sometime it is an unstoppable force but I will deal with it if and when it comes along.”
Due to Bishop’s age, there is a good chance he will be looked over this month to see if he can continue to impress for the duration of a whole season before clubs return to him in the summer, but Mings will surely be sent an offer in January, and a move to the top flight is widely expected for the 21-year-old full-back.