Paul Jewell wary of former Town target Ricardo Fuller’s threat
Ipswich v Charlton: Town will tomorrow come face-to-face with a striker who could have been wearing the blue of Ipswich this season.
Paul Jewell today confirmed that Ricardo Fuller was on his summer hit-list after the 32-year-old was released by Stoke City.
But when Town moved on to other attacking targets, including Steve Davies, Daryl Murphy and Paul Taylor, Fuller opted to sign a one-year deal with Charlton, who visit Portman Road tomorrow.
The former Town loanee is set to make his full debut with the Addicks after impressing in cameo roles this season.
Jewell said: “They were 3-0 down at Derby (on Tuesday night) and then Ricardo Fuller came on and it gave them a big lift.
“I think Fuller will definitely start tomorrow, he was one that we were interested in. But for different reasons, things don’t happen. He is a good player, strong with great ability and he will be a handful tomorrow.”
Jewell is acutely aware that tomorrow represents a great chance to post Town’s first win in six matches, against a side who , like Ipswich, have had a tricky start to the 2012/13 season.
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He explained: “We are not the only team in the Championship who think they should be higher up the league.
“Charlton gives us an opportunity, just like it gives Charlton an opportunity, to get three points and push up the league.
“It is not nice losing games or losing at home or being second-bottom. But we have to look forward to it.”
Sources close to Charlton suggest Fuller will make his first start in place of last season’s top scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips.
Former Rangers winger Salim Kerkar is also pushing for a start while Haverhill-born Michael Morrison will line up in central defence for the visitors.