Sears wants to forge deadly strike partnership with Murphy

Freddie Sears celebrates setting up Ipswich's third goal at Millwall

Freddie Sears celebrates setting up Ipswich's third goal at Millwall

Freddie Sears is licking his lips at the chance to forge a deadly ‘big man, little man’ strike partnership with Daryl Murphy at Ipswich Town.

The 25-year-old – recruited from Essex neighbours Colchester United for £100,000 last week – has already enjoyed two eye-catching cameo appearances off the bench, setting a goal up in the 3-1 win at Millwall and then scoring in the 3-2 loss at Brighton.

And the 5ft 7in forward’s dynamic game has already shown signs of complementing that of the physically imposing 6ft 3in Murphy – whose 18 goals makes him the Championship’s leading scorer.

“I’ve linked up quite well with Murph already,” admitted the former West Ham youngster. “I think I work well with a big man. He’s got a lot about his game which probably helps my game. I can read his flick-ons and try and get on the end of stuff. I’m looking forward to building a partnership with him.

“He’s flying at the minute. Everything he hits seems to be going in. I think that was his 18th goal of the season.”

Sears, who scored 14 goals for the struggling League One U’s in the first half of the season, continued: “My target was 15/20 at the start of the season. I’ve had a move now, that’s going to make a little bit harder, but I want to get to 20. If I can do that I’d be delighted.

“I’m delighted to have scored in my second game. It’s the most important thing for a striker. You score early and it takes a bit of pressure off you.

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“Every striker wants to get off the mark. I’m just looking forward to next Saturday now (home against Wigan).”

He added: “I’m a centre forward, but if the manager wants me to play wide then I’ll play wide.

“I was a number nine for Colchester in the first half of the season, but the previous year I was a bit deeper. I can play a number of roles, but I do think my best position is through the middle.”

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