Written By Toby Lown
With pre-season now underway Town’s squad for the new season appears to be shaping up with the addition of five players, four of which on permanent deals. But Towns activity in the transfer market does not seem to be slowing down yet as two more players, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and John Marquis have been linked.
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Town really appear to be looking to boost the attacking options at Portman Road in a bid to score more goals, something that is desperately needed looking back on the last season.
On the morning of the 11th July Tim Nash, a journalist, revealed that Wolves “look set to offload Bodvarsson with Ipswich Town in the hunt to sign him on loan”.
The Icelandic international was a part of the squad which had a fairy tale run in the 2016 European Championships which culminated in the 2-1 victory over England in the round of 16. After the tournament, he was snapped up by Wolves and made 36 appearances for The Wanderers last season.
The 6ft 3in right-winger/striker is 25 years old so still has some room to improve, and if this deal was to happen, would hopefully find the net more than last term, as he only managed to get on the scoresheet three times, hardly the prolific striker Town fans will be craving.
With Wolves splashing the cash this summer they may be looking to recoup a small proportion of their investment and so would maybe be willing to allow Bodvarsson to leave on a permanent basis. It appears that the former Kaiserslautern man likes the ball at his feet and is a technically based player, who likes to take on and run at defenders. With the addition of technical players like Bersant Celina and potentially Bodvarsson could we be seeing a change in the style of football at Portman Road?
Another man to be linked with Town this week is the English 25-year-old striker John Marquis, currently plying his trade for Doncaster Rovers, who last season gained promotion to League 1. When questioned about the rumour of Town targeting Marquis earlier on in the week Mick McCarthy did not deny nor confirm interest. The 6ft 1in forward had a fantastic season for The Rovers and was vital in their promotion season in 2016-17, netting 26 times in 40 league games, this helped him to gain Doncaster player of the year, as well as League 2 player of the year.
The Lewisham born Marquis was at Millwall for seven years, being sent out on loan a total of nine times during his stay in London before moving to Doncaster in 2016. Recently there are rumours circling that Marquis has turned down a contract extension at the Keepmoat Stadium, but the club look reluctant to let their main man go, with Mansfield manager Steve Evans revealing that he was told by the club that Marquis was not for sale. However, with the player seemingly unlikely to commit his long-term future to Doncaster would they let him go for a substantial fee?
In my opinion Marquis would be a good signing for the club as he is a goal scorer, albeit in league 2 and the lower leagues, and could provide us with a new option up front to start, or more likely, make an impact from the bench. One good season in League 2 does not mean that Marquis would be guaranteed to be a success in the Championship but would he be worth the risk?