Not for the first time this season I have awoken to news that an Ipswich player has got himself into some kind of trouble.
Forward Paul Taylor was recently arrested for an incident that occurred back in October outside a pub in Ipswich. According to the Police the incident left one member of the pub’s staff with a broken rib and another with a fractured eye socket alongside a broken finger.
Obviously Taylor’s involvement in the fight is completely unknown to us and it could be that he has been falsely accused for all I know. However, this incident does not seem like a mild scuffle because of the nature of the injuries and the fact that the striker has had any involvement in it is very disappointing to hear.
It does not exactly do the former Peterborough man any favours after he tested positive for cocaine early on in his career and as a result was banned for six months. It paints the picture of a player that is always going to find himself in troubled situations and is more likely to find himself in the papers for his exploits off the field rather than on it.
On the other hand, I understand that Taylor may be finding life a bit difficult at the moment due to the fact that he has been ruled out for the majority of the season through injury. If playing football is a large part of the players life it is always going to be hard to handle when that is taken away.
That said, every player should remain professional and appreciate the fact that they are role models for many people. Staying away from trouble should be the least that they do as professional footballers and a lot of the time it seems like they are just taking their jobs for granted.
Taylor is not even the only Ipswich player to be known as a potential trouble maker. We all know about Micheal Chopra’s previous gambling problems, Bilel Mohsni caused a lot of problems at Southend and now the club have signed Tyrone Barnett on loan who was transfer listed by his parent club after being caught fighting outside a night club.
It has to be said that Micheal Chopra’s problems are somewhat water under the bridge though. Apart from being fined for speeding, the former Newcastle striker has been well behaved since joining Ipswich and all of his gambling problems happened before he joined the Tractor Boys.
Bilel Mohsni on the other hand is more of a mystery. He caused a lot of problems when he was at Southend because he thought he was too good to play for them. It all started when West Ham expressed their interest in Mohsni and gave him a trial, but the problems arose when the Hammers’ bid for Mohsni was turned down.
Personally, I do not think that Mohsni had any right to kick up a fuss about the incident as West Ham’s offer was a cheeky bid of only£150,000. If the player was good enough then the London club would have parted with more money to get him, so they obviously did not rate him that highly. Mohsni seems to be the kind of player that needs to be reminded that no player is bigger than the club. Mick McCarthy seems like a good judge of character though which will mean that Mohsni won’t be joining Ipswich permanently if he is a trouble maker.
I don’t know enough about Tyrone Barnett to make much of a comment. In ways he is in a similar boat to Mohsni in that if he isn’t professional then he won’t get a permanent deal.
Either way it is slightly sad to see a club like Ipswich that was once so great have to resort to signing a group of misfits. Unfortunately that is the situation that the club are currently in though and they desperately need to mix things up if they want to stay in the division.