Jonas Knudsen out to cap attacking improvement with his first Ipswich Town goal
Jonas Knudsen has enjoyed adding an attacking side to his game during his time in England, with the left-back now keen to cap his improvement with his first goal for the club.
Despite some tough moments, the Danish left-back has steadily improved since moving to English in August, from Esbjerg in his homeland, having been brought in to fill the void following Tyrone Mings’ £8 million move to Bournemouth.
Having been more of a defensive full-back while in Denmark, Knudsen has particularly enjoyed improving the attacking side of his game but is yet to find the net despite getting forward more and more in recent weeks. He hopes to put that right soon.
He said: “First of all when I came over I had to show what I can do and be 100 per cent clear in defending, but I want to take the next step all the time.
“My level has been consistently better and better and I hope we can finish better in the rest of the season.
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“I think I have had some good games and I’ve been with the national team too, so everything’s good.
“Hopefully a goal will come soon.
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“I had some shots in the last game (at Wolves) and had a couple of headers in the game against Rotherham, and I want to go up to the box and create some goals too.
“If you keep doing these things then one day it will come. I think it will come and maybe it’s tomorrow (against Charlton)
“It’s one of those things I have to learn when I came over because we didn’t do this a lot in Denmark, as a full-back, but I love to go in the box and it’s nice to come up and try and score.
“Chambo (Luke Chambers) has done brilliantly to do it and I want to do it as well, but you don’t make everything on one day.
“I’ve been taking steps up the pitch and you can see now I’m in the box, so I’m sure it will come.”
For all the improvement he’s made since his arrival, Knudsen believes a full Championship campaign will mean Blues fans will see the best of him next season.
“I want to put the next step every time and I’ve done that the whole season. I want to be a better player,” he said.
“Of course I know the league more and how to play three games in a week, things like that, so hopefully I’ll be a better player next season.
“I want to finish this season at a good level so we have a chance to go to the play-offs, before we think about next season.”
The Blues face Charlton tonight in a game they need to win if they are to maintain any chance of making the play-offs, with Knudsen insisting the fans have a big part to play.
“This league is a tough league and Charlton don’t want to be relegated, they want to work hard to go out of the relegation zone so I think it’s going to be a tough game,” he said.
“We are at home and we have to go on and keep doing what we did against Wolves, we have to keep defending well and the fans will be behind us like they have the whole season.
“If they are then it will be very hard for Charlton to beat us and we have a good chance to beat them.”