Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says loans won’t help build team morale

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They’ve been there and done it before but how many of them are hungry enough to run through walls to do it again?

And more importantly, how many are here to do it for Ipswich Town?

Goalkeeper Stephen Henderson amazingly became our eighth loan signing over the international break, while Nigel Reo-Coker has only put pen-to-paper until mid January.

The influx of players has been quite astounding and you need only ask Norwich City fans the story of their drop to League One in 2008/09 to see an over-reliance on borrowed players is a dangerous path to tread.

Aside from the fact Paul Jewell said he wouldn’t do this, what it says to me is he has no confidence in his current players, those he brought in himself, and his ability to get the best out of them.

That message must be coming across in the dressing room and that can’t be a good thing for team spirit at a time when we need it most.

Henderson’s arrival from West Ham is the most pointless signing, knowing we were unable to negotiate personal terms with him while at Portsmouth.

Scott Loach was the hero who saved us against Huddersfield but one bad performance and he looks set to be dropped. How is that meant to help his confidence?

Other players such as Luke Hyam and Massimo Luongo have played reasonably well but now look to be some way away from the starting XI.

With Reo-Coker it seems like the deal is more suited to him putting himself in the shop window ahead of a January move back to the Premier League than staying here.

And are Reo-Coker and Bilel Mohsni the grafters we crave right now?

Danny Higginbotham, DJ Campbell and Richie Wellens are all talented players but it looks a pretty sure bet all but the former will be gone before we hit February.

Even if these players do dig us out of a hole, starting at Hull City tomorrow and Derby County at home Tuesday, once they go, what then?