Klug keeps an eye on Colchester and Wycombe as in-demand Szmodics scores again
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Ipswich Town’s Bryan Klug was spotted keeping an eye on Colchester United and Wycombe at the weekend.
The Blues’ head of academy coaching and player development was at Adams Park for a League Two game the Chairboys ultimately won 3-1, thanks to Adebayo Akinfenwa, Paris Cowan-Hall and Luke O’Nien goals.
On the scoresheet for the U’s was forward Sammie Szmodics, who has scored 13 goals this season to attract the attention of a number of higher-division clubs including Premier League side Bournemouth.
A fee of £1million has been discussed for a player who has had to battle back from two serious ankle injuries and also a broken leg in the past two years. He is bang in form, though, with his goals firing Colchester into promotion contention.
Another player of note is U’s goalkeeper Sam Walker – a Town-supporting 26-year-old who is out of contract in the summer.
The 6ft 6in goalkeeper was part of the Northampton team which knocked the Blues out of the League Cup in 2011, on a ground he attended regular as a fan.
“It sort of dawned on me in the afternoon what was actually happening,” he said after the game.
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“I have been here so much as a fan so when I got to the stadium and walked out on the pitch, it was big. Once I was on the pitch, you sort of block those things out.
“Now I am over the moon. It was really pleasing for me to play where I have grown up in football and come away with the result.”