Nathan’s one Ell of a player!
IPSWICH TOWN: Don’t forget about Nathan Ellington.
That’s the message from Ipswich Town fitness coach Andy Liddell, the man who once forged a deadly attack with ‘The Duke’ at Wigan.
Having been snapped up on a free transfer this summer, Ellington has found his chances limited at the start of the season with all the forward focus currently on Michael Chopra, Daryl Murphy and Jason Scotland.
However, Liddell – who also played alongside Jimmy Bullard under manager Paul Jewell at the DW Stadium – believes the Blues boss can once again get the best out of a striker who hit an average of 21 goals a campaign during a red hot five-season spell at the start of the new Millennium.
“He’s probably the best player I have played with,” said Liddell, who scored 18 goals alongside Ellington’s 23 when the duo were first partnered in attack (01/02), before chipping in with 16 from midfield the following season as he and Ellington (22) fired the Latics into the second tier. All of which was under the management of fast-rising manager Jewell.
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“He just had raw ability, was lightning quick, scored goals, he had absolutely everything.
“He’s lost his way for one reason or another since then, but I feel the manager (Jewell) is the one to get the best out of him again.”
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Ellington has been unable to hit the same heights he achieved under Jewell at Wigan in the spells which followed at West Brom and Watford – both those clubs paying over �3m for his signature. However, Liddell has seen enough of the 30-year-old in training to be confident he can still do it at Championship level.
He said: “He’s still the same lad and still a top player. Hopefully he can start firing again soon.”