Confident Michael Chopra back to his ‘razor-sharp’ best

PAUL Jewell believes Michael Chopra is finally ready to show Ipswich fans his true goalscoring form.

He might have hit 10 goals but the striker knows he has had a patchy season so far.

But it finally came to life with the first goal in last week’s 5-1 win over West Ham and his double to beat Coventry four days later.

While a surprise selection ahead of the Hammers clash, Chopra’s form in training convinced Jewell he was a risk worth taking.

And the Town boss is now backing his main man to keep the goals flying.

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Jewell said: “He played his way into the team by looking very sharp in training.

“I decided to give him his start against West Ham, he got his goal after four minutes and looked good. Then he’s razor-sharp for our second against Coventry and wins us the game with a great header.

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“Michael’s game is all about confidence and hopefully his confidence is high.”

While acknowledging there is no quick-fix to solving Chopra’s long-standing battle against his gambling addiction, Jewell hopes his form on the pitch will help the striker.

The manager added: “A week in a clinic isn’t going to put all his problems behind him – it’s an ongoing situation. He’s working really hard and if he’s playing well, that’s obviously going to help him in his personal life.

“It’s not just been his goals from the last two games. I have been impressed with his general play too. He’s looked more like the Michael Chopra we signed.

“It’s been a struggle for him at times. But hopefully we can keep scoring the goals that will get us out of the situation we are in and in the future be scoring goals for us at the top end of the table.”

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