Sleepless over Stockdale

He is keeping Paul Jewell up at night.

While Blues fans and goalkeeping coach Malcolm Webster are all fretting about the future of David Stockdale.

But the man himself is coolness personified about a situation that could see him leave Portman Road and return to parent club Fulham with just 24 hours notice.

Stockdale, arguably Town’s best player in the opening six weeks of the season, is only focused on helping the Blues climb the Championship trophy.

Webster revealed: “I think he is the only one who doesn’t ever think about the 24-hours. It keeps me awake at night and it keeps the gaffer awake at night but David just comes in, wants to do his work and train and get better. He doesn’t give the 24-hours a thought. He is hoping he is here for the season.”

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Despite Ipswich having the worst defensive record in the Championship, Stockdale has quickly become a fans favourite, meaning supporters are also keeping their fingers crossed over the future of Fulham stopper Mark Schwarzer.

The 38-year-old Australian has already made 11 appearances for his club, in both the Premiership and Europa League, as well as one match for his country.

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Jewell has admitted he is taking a risk with Stockdale although the Blues have a list of potential replacements should the 25-year-old return to Fulham at a moment’s notice.

At the moment, Stockdale is very much part of the Blues’ make-up and even took time out to work with the ITFC Charitable Trust’s disability football team on Wednesday night.

And of the keeper’s difficult start to the season, Webster added: “It doesn’t seem to affect him. People might say it is only because he is on loan but it is because he is that type of lad. He is very level-headed.

“I think David’s best attribute is his all-round goalkeeping. When Paul mentioned him, I said if we could get him on loan it is a great signing – and it has been so far.”

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