Who makes the fans’ first XI from current Ipswich Town squad?
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Blues fans would like to see more faith placed in young midfield duo, Teddy Bishop and Andre Dozzell.
As part of Archant’s end-of-season survey, which is featured in Monday’s EADT and Ipswich Star, Blues supporters were asked to pick their best XI from the players left remaining at Portman Road, and Bishop (32%) and Dozzell (40%) shaded the rest of Town’s midfield options.
Manager Mick McCarthy is likely to be busy recruiting this summer and Cardiff’s Tom Adeyemi and Emyr Huws could well begin the season in the Blues’ engine room – the out-of-favour pair both being on the Town boss’ radar.
Between them, they would add much-needed height pace, power and precision to Town’s midfield and would probably edge out the less-experienced and slightly-built pair of Bishop and Dozzell, despite the Town youngsters’ undoubted quality on the ball.
Given more options – Town currently have 20 players with first-team experience – Blues fans would probably not plump for Bishop and Dozzell as first picks either, while Cole Skuse still has a lot to offer in a deep midfield role, with the right foil, and Luke Hyam is returning from a long-term injury. Kevin Bru is also an option.
Grant Ward (62%) and Danny Rowe (39%), meanwhile, make up a young, lightweight and relatively inexperienced midfield.
While Ward was a regular pick this season and made a good impression, Rowe is something of an unknown.
He clearly has talent, and showed glimpses of that at Rotherham and Nottingham Forest, but he is a rookie and his selection probably says more about the lack of options at McCarthy’s disposal right now.
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In defence, youth dominates the full-back positions with Myles Kenlock (59%) getting the nod over Jonas Knudsen, and fellow youngster Josh Emmanuel (49%), starting at right-back.
Both players did well at times this season, but the Forest game in particular showed they are nowhere near the finished article.
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Luke Chambers, plays in the centre with Adam Webster, meaning no place for Tommy Smith, while in attack, David McGoldrick (71%) and Freddie Sears (64%), with just 12 goals between them this term, are the chosen two in attack.
Town will be desperate to add to their attacking options, having lost the services of Tom Lawrence and failed to replace Daryl Murphy.