The ‘King’ is dead - long live the ‘King’
IPSWICH TOWN: Marcus Stewart or Tamas Priskin, how do they compare as Blues strikers?
The former ignited Town’s promotion charge in 1999/00 and his goals then took Ipswich to fifth place in the Premier League the following season.
The latter netted just two goals in his opening Blues season and looked a �1.7million misfit just a few short weeks ago.
One was the darling of the fans, the other was certainly not.
But how things change with Priskin’s fifth goal of this campaign at Sheffield United on Saturday leading to the Hungarian international taking over the ‘King’s’ crown.
‘There’s only ONE Marcus Stewart’ has turned into ’There’s only ONE Tamas Priskin’ being sung by the Ipswich faithful.
“I’ve had to win the fans over,” admitted Priskin.
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“But they have been very good to me, and I’m really pleased.
“It’s very important for a player, when you’re having a hard time, because you need to have the supporters behind you. That gives you a lift.”
And the willing Priskin, 24, has no regrets over joining the Blues despite a nightmare first season.
The Hungarian international has taken his chance after benefiting from an ankle injury sustained by Connor Wickham a fortnight ago.
This led to the 17-year-old missing the home Carling Cup game against League Two Northampton Town. Priskin came in; scored a goal and carried on his good against Millwall and now Sheffield.
“I’m tipping Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers to do well this season,” said Priskin.
“And my former club Watford are doing very well after selling key experienced players and using a number of youngsters.
“But Ipswich Town is the place to be for me – there’s more potential and I want to be part of it.”
Priskin, who is one of those players who thrives on confidence and responds best to a carrot motivation than a stick, says he is not taking a starting place for granted.
“Connor is a talented player and Jason (Scotland) deserved to be up front when the manager opted for one striker and there is strong competition for places in attack.
“I’m just part of the squad, but I’m happy with my current form and will be doing all I can to keep it going in the future as well.
“Having a full pre-season here, and having close friend Marton Fulop here now has been a big help.”