Keane shields boy wonder
Ipswich boss Roy Keane has vowed to protect Connor Wickham after his brace against Shrewsbury.
Last Updated: 15/08/09 12:39pm
Ipswich boss Roy Keane has vowed to protect teenage star Connor Wickham after his brace against Shrewsbury.
The 16-year-old scored twice in the midweek thriller which saw the Tractor boys progress through a penalty shootout following a 3-3 draw.
Wickham is now being hailed as the new Wayne Rooney and is receiving much public attention from the local press in Ipswich.
Manager Keane, however, is eager to dampen the hype surrounding the striker and although he admits the kid is a talent, he is confident Wickham will not let it go to his head.
"Connor is a great talent, there's no doubt about that," Keane told the Mirror.
"Perhaps we have to make sure he doesn't get too big-headed. But I don't think that will happen as he is a cool-headed boy.
"The only people who have been getting carried away are the local media, thankfully Connor is someone who takes everything in his stride.
"He has an excellent family background and I'm confident he will just go about his work as usual. We have to make sure we are careful with the boy."
Keane's side host Leicester on Saturday and the boss will be hoping for an improvement on last week's opening defeat to Coventry, and he admits that Wickham is in his plans.
He added: "Obviously he's very much in my mind as regards the Leicester game, but I have to look at the squad as a whole and weigh up certain things.
"Leicester had two wins to start off the season. They will come here cock-a-hoop and we know we're in for a tough match."