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Kevin Bru’s got plenty of bottle, says Ipswich Town boss

PUBLISHED: 10:37 12 February 2015 | UPDATED: 10:37 12 February 2015

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Mick McCarthy has praised Kevin Bru for getting involved in the ugly side of the game, following Tuesday’s morale-boosting league win over Sheffield Wednesday.

The Paris-born midfielder, Town supporters’ player of the month for January, helped tilt the game in the hosts’ favour against the Owls, the 57th-minute substitute needing just ten minutes to set up Luke Chambers for the Blues’ winner.

While his silky style has turned the 26-year-old into a fans’ favourite, McCarthy is equally delighted that his hidden gem from Levski Sofia has adapted to the physical side of the second tier.

“He’s quite slight, but he puts his foot in and works hard. I think he picked up the pace of the Championship pretty quick,” said McCarthy.

“I’m not so sure he knew the rules at Derby early on because he was saying ‘gaffer, I’ve got to come off’ and I said ‘I’ve made all three substitutions you plonker!’ I was going ‘are the rules different in France?!’

“He kept going that day and I admired him and respected him for that because he was goosed. I thought ‘fair play to you Kev’.

“I think the fans have taken to him. I think they’re shouting Bru rather than boo!”

Bru learned his trade at the famed INF Clairefontaine Academy in France, a set-up which discovered such stars as Nicolas Anelka, Louis Saha and William Gallas.

After a nomadic career in the French second division and in Bulgaria, the Mauritian international was recommended to Town in the summer by former Norwich striker Antoine Sibierski.

“If I could take two players in, for nothing, every pre-season and one of them comes off then I’d take that every time. Balint (Bajner) didn’t work out, but Bru certainly has.

“He was at Clairefontaine, but not everybody who starts at academies like that makes it because you need to have more than technical ability – and he has.”

8 comments

  • Bru Army !

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    Steve Powell

    Friday, February 13, 2015

  • He didn't have much to beat but he was Town's player of the match at Rotherham.

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    Graham Vine

    Friday, February 13, 2015

  • Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!

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    imfromsuffolkgiveme5

    Thursday, February 12, 2015

  • There are so many options in midfield it is difficult to decide on the best combination. However, I would like to see both Bru and Ambrose start against Fulham, the later having shown some classy touches at times but needs a run in the side. Also please let it be Sears and Murphy up front. As much as I rated McGoldrick for his performances last year he has only shown the occational glimpse since his return of what he can achieve and Sears looks really promising.

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    Tim Bartlett

    Thursday, February 12, 2015

  • No Stuart, there's no need to TRY and be silly.

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    NB

    Thursday, February 12, 2015

  • It's great to see that MM has no wish to oust his predecessors players. Sent out on loan to every corner of the country.for experience. It's also good to see all the new players fitting straight in as adding quality to the squad I love reading how MM is nurturing the Academy in the same way Bobby, George and Jim did before him. His medium to long term plan for the Town is a warning to other similar size clubs like Southampton.

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    stuart barclay

    Thursday, February 12, 2015

  • Its great to see a creative midfielder with goal assists and a danger in front of goal. Puts fear into the opposition with his tackling.

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    stuart barclay

    Thursday, February 12, 2015

  • Bru is a talented player, pleased we have him on an extended contract. Apparently MM is targeting Rudolph Austin a Jamacan midfielder, currently at Leeds?

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    NB

    Thursday, February 12, 2015

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