Ipswich Town striker doesn’t regret leaving bright lights of Premier League and AFC Bournemouth
Brett Pitman’s selfless attitude could turn out to be a blessing for the promotion-chasing Blues this season.
The 27-year-old could well have been playing Premier League football for struggling Bournemouth now, following long-term injuries to big-money forwards, Max Gradel and Callum Wilson.
However, Pitman, who scored 122 goals for the Cherries over two spells and has already hit the net five times in league and cup for Ipswich, has no regrets, despite being in and out of the team.
“Every player wants to play every week, but I got used to being needed for certain games at Bournemouth and I try and help the team, whether it is in the changing room, training or on the sidelines when I’m not playing,” said Pitman, who has helped Town rise to 10th in the Championship, four points off the play-offs, following consecutive victories against Bolton and Rotherham.
“I guess I am more used to it than the other three (Ipswich strikers). They were the only strikers here last season and Didz (David McGoldrick) was injured for a spell, so Freddie (Sears) and Daryl (Murphy) were probably guaranteed to play every week. It might be slightly different now.”
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He added: “It was going to be tough to get in the team at Bournemouth. Things may have been different (with the injuries) but you can’t wait for someone to get injured, that is not nice.
“Coming to a club like Ipswich was a big thing, it is probably bigger than I expected.”
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Pitman joined the club on a free transfer in the summer, along with former Cherries team-mate, Ryan Fraser, who penned a season-long loan deal.
Fraser is currently sidelined with a knee ligament injury, following a superb start to his Town career.
“The way he started the season, I think we have missed him,” admitted Pitman.
“He’s got unbelievable pace, an eye for goal and makes things happen around him.”