‘He’s certainly got a chance’ - Lambert on Drinan’s future at Town
PUBLISHED: 06:00 24 August 2020 | UPDATED: 08:21 24 August 2020
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Paul Lambert believes Irish striker Aaron Drinan has a real chance of playing a part for Ipswich Town in League One this season.
The 22-year-old joined the Blues in January 2018 and was hailed by former manager Mick McCarthy and skipper Luke Chambers, but is yet to make his debut for the first team.
Instead he’s spent four spells out on loan, at Sutton United, Waterford, GAIS (Sweden) and Ayr United, before returning to the club this summer.
With James Norwood absent through injury and Oli Hawkins not yet ready for match action following his recent arrival, Drinan has taken his chance with a brace against Colchester and then some good work in Saturday’s 3-0 loss at Tottenham.
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When it was put to him that Drinan had given him something to think about, Lambert said: “He has, I’m really happy with him. His work rate is excellent and he’s done really well.
“He’s only a young lad, we have to remember that, and he’s definitely given us food for thought in the way he’s stepped in and shown desire.
“I’m really happy with him and he’s certainly got a chance.
“Let’s see if he can keep it going.”
Drinan is in the final year with his Town contract and, at 22, would count as one of the Blues 22 overage players under the new League One salary cap.