COMMENT: Crystal Palace’s Jonny Williams is missing piece of Ipswich Town’s creative jigsaw
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Jonny Williams is the missing piece in the Ipswich Town jigsaw.
The 20-year-old penned a loan deal, with a 28-day recall clause from Crystal Palace, that will keep him at Portman Road until January and is likely to be thrown straight in at Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow night.
The Blues, now in the Championship play-off zone, were ordinary in the second half on Saturday, but irresistible at times during the first, with Daryl Murphy giving the Blues a third-minute lead from close-range and David McGoldrick doubling the hosts’ advantage three minutes later, with a rasping drive from 25 yards.
McGoldrick’s strike was the highlight of an energetic first 45 minutes from Ipswich whose attacking credentials have been further boosted by Williams’ arrival.
The 20-year-old is favourite to fit into the role so successfully covered by McGoldrick at the weekend – the striker floating around behind the powerful front pairing of Murphy and Conor Sammon.
That will allow McGoldrick to move further forward, most likely at the expense of the latter. That would be a little harsh on Republic of Ireland man Sammon, who worked his socks off on Saturday, but when Murphy is in the type of form he showed against Rotherham, he cannot be dropped.
He epitomised his current high confidence levels midway through the first half when, after controlling the ball superbly, he played an impudent back-heel that sent Jonathan Parr scampering away towards the byline.
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McCarthy afterwards played down Murphy’s swagger and the confidence of the rest of his players but, deep down, will be delighted with his striker who has improved dramatically since the former Wolves boss arrived at the club in November 2012.
At his best, the 31-year-old is unplayable with his strength, guile and pace a real foil for the cunning and creativity of McGoldrick.
Add Williams to that mix and Town will possess some real ammunition.
Williams only scored once in his first spell at Portman Road, towards the back end of last season, but added much-needed flair and attacking intent to a Blues side that, at times, was limited last season.