Three or four quality additions will turn us into a Championship force, says Ipswich Town defender Christophe Berra
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Ipswich Town are just three or four quality summer additions away from being a squad that can really push for Championship promotion.
So says centre-back Christophe Berra after the Blues’ top-six ambitions for this season were ended by a 1-0 defeat at Burnley last weekend.
Town host Sheffield Wednesday in their final game of the campaign tomorrow lunchtime knowing they will finish somewhere between eighth and 11th in the table.
A win would take the final points tally to 68 and make it the club’s second best total in the last nine years. And with boss Mick McCarthy having put some solid foundations down during his first 18 months in charge, Berra believes the future is bright at Portman Road.
“We had ambitions to be in the top six, of course,” said the Scotsman, who was named Supporters’ Player of the Year following his impressive debut campaign at the Suffolk club.
“But the gaffer has done a great job on a small budget, he’s brought most of us in on free transfers, the wage bill has dropped, so we’ve probably punched above our weight a little bit.
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“That’s down to having good characters in the dressing room and good coaching staff.
“We had a good crack at it this season, we’ve fallen just short, but we’ll learn from our mistakes and we’ll come back next season better and stronger.”
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Ipswich have used just 28 different players in the league this season and it looks as though McCarthy will once again have to operate on a shoestring budget this summer.
“Maybe we can add two, three, maybe four more players over the summer that can bring an added dimension to the team and enhance us,” said Berra.
“We probably just need a few more options because it’s such a squad game in the Championship. Sometimes you need to change things if you get injuries or boys get tired during the busy schedules.”
On his own contract, which now has just a year left, Berra said: “I think the gaffer will speak to us all during the summer when we come back.
“Right now it’s just about trying to win the last game and then going away and enjoying a well-deserved break so that we can come back and fight for another 46 games in the league. The goal will have to be to fight for the play-offs or even the automatics.”