When one door closes, another one opens, as the saying goes.
Football can be the cruellest of games. Andre Dozzell, since making a goal scoring debut as a 16-year-old at the tail end of the 2015/16 season, was given a home start against Birmingham on Saturday.
There certainly seems to be an approach to play a little more football than we have done under McCarthy
He has patiently bided his time for an opportunity and was buoyed no doubt after a successful summer campaign with the England Under-19s.
Within 40 minutes, his season was over. Torn cruciate knee ligaments means he faces nine months on the sidelines.
Get well soon, Andre.
He was replaced with 18-year-old Flynn Downes in central midfield. The Ipswich Town academy may have unearthed another gem.
He showed composure beyond his years; he was comfortable in possession, always looked to feet, and put himself about. He played like a seasoned pro, rather than a teen playing his first minutes as a professional.
It was a thoroughly impressive debut.
In fact, it’s been a thoroughly encouraging start for Mick McCarthy’s men.
A win against Brum, where we played some nice stuff at times, a debut goal for new man Joe Garner, we are into the second round of the cup after a 2-0 win away at Luton, and two clean sheets in the process.
It is incredibly early days. But there is a sense of renewed optimism and belief around the club at the moment. There certainly seems to be an approach to play a little more football than we have done under McCarthy.
From first impressions, we have made some smart signings, too – the big and powerful Dominic Iorfa, in particular, has taken to our 3-5-2 system like a duck to water at right wing back.
So far, so good.