Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert has lauded new loan signing Mark McGuinness a young leader following his loan move from Arsenal, Itfc.co.uk report.
McGuinness is highly rated at Arsenal after penning his first pro deal last year.
The next step in his development is a taste of senior first-team action, with Ipswich striking a deal for the defender following talks between the two clubs.
McGuinness featured for Arsenal’s U21s against Ipswich earlier this month in the EFL Trophy.
Lambert says the 19-year-old showed his capabilities that night.
“We had a chance to see him close up when he played against us. I thought he was excellent. I think anybody in the stadium that night would’ve seen that the young lad is a really good player. He’s got a big presence about him so I’m really happy,” Lambert explained.
“He looked a really good leader as well for somebody so young. His no nonsense approach was really good. He’s comfortable on the ball. It’s a good challenge for him to take on and it should be a beneficial loan move for him.”
After missing out on promotion last season, Ipswich have begun their League One campaign with back-to-back victories, keeping clean sheets in both.
The Tractor Boys should have plenty of strength to mount a promotion charge this term.
McGuinness may have to be patient. Ipswich have James Wilson and Toto Nsiala performing well, while Luke Woolfenden is a top prospect seeking a regular start.
But with the sheer number of games for League One clubs, plus the tight schedule including plenty of midweek games, the Arsenal youngster will get his chance.
After years of defensive frailties, the Gunners have several young centre-backs with big potential with William Saliba set for his debut this week.