By Scott Taylor
Teddy Bishop has been linked with a move to Premier League side Liverpool. Midfielder Bishop, 18, broke into the first team at Championship side Ipswich this season. After a string of impressive performances, manager Mick McCarthy demanded £10m for the starlet.
Bishop has been a tractor boy since the age of eight. Following a ten year spell at the Academy, Bishop was given his chance in the first round of the Capital One Cup against League One side Crawley. Though he didn’t start the game, Bishop came on as a 77th minute substitute in the 1-0 defeat. That was on 12 August, and on 30 August, Bishop made his league debut for Ipswich in the 1-1 draw with fellow high-flyers Derby County.
After impressive McCarthy and club legend Mick Mills, Bishop signed a two-year extension of his current deal keeping him at the club until June 2017. He scored his first ever goal for the Tractor Boys in the 2-2 draw against table toppers AFC Bournemouth on 22 November.
So far this season, Bishop has made 17 League appearances for his side, scoring once. Of those 17 appearances, it is worth noting that he had started in 12 of those but has not lasted the full 90 minutes of 13 occasions. The extremely disciplined midfielder has also never been booked or sent off in his Ipswich Town career, something which is surprising for a hungry footballer playing in the most compact area of the pitch.
Teddy Bishop has almost received as much interest as promising left-back Tyrone Mings, with English tabloid the Mirror linking Bishop with a move to Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and now Liverpool.
Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy was full of praise for Bishop, suggesting he is ready for the top flight of English football, but also warned teams that man management is crucial with the youngster. He said: “He’s a fabulous footballer; one that’s only going to get better. He’s got Premier League ability, no doubt. He puts his shift in. I’d be bonkers to keep whipping him and telling him to keep going. We have to look after him to get the best out of him.”