Jonas Knudsen: ‘I like the Ipswich Town fans so much’
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Supporting a football team can often be a one-way thing, but Ipswich Town fans can expect plenty of love in return from the club’s players this season.
Blues skipper Luke Chambers has made the post-match victory fist-pump his trademark in recent years, but recent recruit Jonas Knudsen is ready to rival him when it comes to shows of affection.
The 22-year-old Danish left-back grew up watching English football so his summer switch from Esbjerg was a dream come true. And already he has won over the hearts of the Portman Road crowd with some assured performances and passionate gestures towards them during breaks in play.
“I do this in Denmark,” said the affable defender. “The fans help you on the pitch and you have to show them that you appreciate that.
“When they do this for you then you have to say ‘thanks for this’ in return. You have to say to them ‘you are a part of this win, you are the 12th man for us’.
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“It’s a fantastic stadium and we have fantastic fans here. It’s not the same in Denmark, maybe the fans are more dedicated over here. I like it so much.”
When it was jokingly put to him that Chambers already has copyright on the post-match fist-pump, he replied: “I can see! It’s nice that Chambo does that. The fans like him and that’s nice, but I also like the fans very much.”
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Meanwhile, Knudsen – who has been described as a ‘warrior’ by McCarthy – says he has instantly taken to the physical side of the English game.
“The style of play is a little different here,” he explained. “Back home it is a bit more technical maybe, the teams want to play a little bit more from the back line. They start with three at the back, the wing-backs go up and wingers go inside.
“Here we maybe play a little bit more direct, it’s more physical, and I like it, I like it so much. I like Danish football, but maybe my player style is more suited to England.
“I hope I will score this season, but I’ll start with the defence, be clear on that, then attacking up the line, making crosses and making shots, will come.”
Admitting it has been a whirlwind three weeks, the defender said: “I’ve had my girlfriend here for two weeks now, but she’s going back and that will give me a little bit more time to go out with the guys and chill. Maybe on our day off we can go around on the golf pitch.” He continued: “I always have seen English football. I talked with my dad a lot of times about maybe coming here in my career at some stage. My team is Barcelona, but I have followed West Ham a little bit too because I know Winston Reid.”
On following in the footsteps of Aaron Cresswell and Tyrone Mings at Portman Road, he said: “I think that’s good for me. You can see two left-backs from this club have done so well. I don’t see that as a negative, I see it as a chance for me to make the same impact as them. Of course they are big shoes to fill, but if you trust yourself you can achieve.”
And on the prospect of adding to his two Danish senior international caps, he said: “If I perform I think that I can go with the national team again. I think their next squad is announced next week. My first priority is to Ipswich though.
“If I perform good here then the national selection will hopefully follow. The manager knows me and knows what I can give the team.”