Six of seven could all start for Town
SIX of Jim Magilton's magnificent seven signings could all start for the Blues against Southampton tomorrow.Jon Macken and Sylvain Legwinski are set to make their Ipswich Town debuts after signing last week and will join loanees Mark Noble and Simon Walton, along with summer recruits Alex Bruce and Dan Harding in Magilton's new-look Blues.
By Derek Davis
SIX of Jim Magilton's magnificent seven signings could all start for the Blues against Southampton tomorrow.
Jon Macken and Sylvain Legwinski are set to make their Ipswich Town debuts after signing last week and will join loanees Mark Noble and Simon Walton, along with summer recruits Alex Bruce and Dan Harding in Magilton's new-look Blues.
The Blues boss is keen to get Macken involved in the Town starting line-up as the former Preston and Manchester City striker has spent this season so far kicking his heels in the Crystal Palace reserves.
Although the striker's loan period is from transfer window to window there is a chance Macken could stay after January.
Magilton said: “If Jon produces the goods there is a chance it could become a permanent deal. I have got great faith in Jon and he has all the attributes to be a success here.
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“He holds the ball up well and gets in the right positions so if we can give him the service, he will score goals.”
If Billy Clarke has recovered from a knock he picked up in training last week, he could keep his place and line up alongside Macken, although Magilton may prefer the experience of Alan Lee to help the new boy.
Danny Haynes has been pressing his case with some lively displays and scored the only goal in Tuesday night's reserve team win at Stevenage.
Frenchman Legwinski is almost certain to sit in front of the back four after switching on a two-year deal from Fulham.
Loanee Mark Noble will join his former West Ham team-mate Gavin Williams in midfield but Fabian Wilnis' thigh injury could dictate whether or not Simon Walton joins them.
It is more likely Dean Bowditch will keep his place wide on the left, although Darren Currie is also in contention.
If Wilnis fails to recover Alex Bruce could shuffle across to right-back, with Walton slotting in as a centre-back alongside Jason De Vos, although Richard Naylor will also be keen to regain his starting place.
Magilton's seventh signing, Martin Brittain from Newcastle United, has impressed in reserve games as a wide man and will look for at least a place on the bench.