Chopra backing himself to hit 20 goals

MICHAEL Chopra has backed himself to score 20 goals for Ipswich Town this season after netting a dream debut double.

The �1.5m spent on getting him from Championship rivals Cardiff City looked an absolute snip yesterday, the 27-year-old netting both goals as Paul Jewell’s new-look side won their first game of pre-season 2-0 at Dutch second tier outfit FC Eindhoven.

“I’ve always said – no matter what team I’m in – that if the chances come my way then I will score them,” said Chopra, who opened his Blues goalscoring account within three minutes of being introduced as a half-time sub.

“I’ve got a lot of belief in my ability and I believe I will continue to put my chances away. I’m confident I could get 20 this season. You have to set your standards high.”

Reflecting on his dream debut, Chopra – who played alongside Jason Scotland in a traditional 4-4-2 formation – added: “As a striker you want to try and score in as many games as you can. I’m no different, so although it was only a friendly I wanted to score.


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“The main thing this week is for all of the players to get to know each other and to understand the way the manager wants us to play.

“The manager is playing two up front at the moment and I think that suits my game. It’s easier when you’re playing with someone that takes a fair share of the workload.

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“I’m not the type of player that’s going to hold the ball up, I’ll do my fair share when I need to, but I’m more of a player who will look to get in behind or drop into the hole.

“We’ve had a good start and I really enjoyed it.”

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