Teenage Ipswich Town midfielder Teddy Bishop’s performances in the Suffolk club’s superb start to the season have not gone unnoticed, with Arsenal and Manchester United thought to be among a host of Premier League suitors.
But just what is the Cambridge born youngster all about? Read on for the 4-1-1…
After an injury-hampered campaign at youth level last term, Bishop made his first team debut in August 2014.
So far he has bagged one goal and assisted a handy five more in 11 starts and five substitutes appearances for Mick McCarthy’s men, often operating as a deeper-lying playmaker at the base of Tractor Boys passing moves.
His assured performances have been attracting a host of plaudits from Ipswich players past and present, as well as phalanxes of covetous Premier League scouts to Portman Road, as McCarthy recognised after Bishop’s star turn in September win over Millwall:
“He’s a proper footballer isn’t he?”
“I have to say I got him to sign his contract on Thursday [a two-year deal with the option of a third] because if he hadn’t he wouldn’t have played.
“Let me tell you, all the scouts come and watch, all the warning signals have gone up with them seeing him play once like that [at Derby] and he was just as good today. He glides past people.”
His teammates have been equally impressed with the teenager’s contribution, with Jay Tabb reporting “We all knew Teddy was something different when he was running rings round us in training” days after his manager’s words of praise.
Cole Skuse, who has also been playing alongside the teenager in the Town engine room this term was equally effusive, telling the East Anglian Daily Press:
“I think he could play in the Premier League tomorrow,”
“I’m not saying I want somebody to come and sign him tomorrow – he can stay here for the time being! I’m just saying I think he could play in the Premier League tomorrow because he’s that good.”
Words of recognition have also been forthcoming from those who have played the game at the highest level, with club legend Mick Mills comparing Bishop to his former England teammate Ray Wilkins, telling BBC Radio Suffolk:
“He’s like a quarterback,
“He’s so young to be doing that sort of thing. I remember playing with Ray and that is all he would do – never going beyond the ball but always supporting.
“Teddy has got this art of setting himself up behind where the play is and he’s doing it very well. If he continues to do it he will be a very useful player.”
Arsenal are 9/25 to overcome Hull City in their FA Cup third round match at the Emirates, while United are 11/50 to beat Yeovil at Huish Park.