mccarthy striker search
Written By Ollie Allen
After the recent release of the squad numbers and the number 9 shirt surprisingly not having a name assigned to it, McCarthy has recently stated his intentions in obtaining a new striker before the first game of the season. In a recent press conference which was held to announce the that the East Anglian Children’s Hospice will have their logo on the back of the Town player’s shirts next season, McCarthy stated that ‘We’ll have another one (a striker) by the start of the season’. On the current trio of strikers in the Town squad, McCarthy said that he was ‘pleased with the three he has got’ and that ‘if he could get another one that would be great’.
McCarthy stating that he will have another striker by the start of the season gives off the impression that he may possibly have some negotiations in the works as his usage of the word ‘will’ implies that a deal is going to happen. With many possible signings from around the Football League being snapped up such as Danny Ward moving to Cardiff and Jon Davi Bodvarsson having his loan move to Town being sniped by Reading, it begs the question what player is McCarthy planning on pouncing on?
Heavily linked ex-Town player Darren Bent’s potential signature may seem less likely to happen now he has picked up a potentially lengthy injury with Derby, meaning that the 33 year old should now be off McCarthy’s shopping list. If I was McCarthy, I would try to sign West Bromwich Albion forward Jonathan Leko who can play as striker as well as on the wing, two positions in which Ipswich could really do with a good, strong player in. I also think that Danny Graham from Blackburn would also be a decent shout as he proved to score crucial goals in a season in which Rovers nearly pulled off a seemingly impossible late fight to survive relegation. Blackburn’s relegation could also mean that the Graham could be picked up at a decent price.
murphy joins forest
In other news, former Championship golden boot winner and Ipswich marksman Daryl Murphy has recently penned a three year deal at Nottingham Forest. The Irish international who was pivotal in Town’s play off season off two years past, has predictably left Championship winning side Newcastle United as they look to freshen up an overcrowded squad before a potentially tough Premier League campaign takes place. Even though I would have loved to of seen Murphy pull on the number nine shirt one last time, a move to Forest makes sense due to the recent sale of Britt Assombalonga. Let’s hope Murphy’s move doesn’t affect Town too much as we all know what former Ipswich players end up doing (playing out of their skin against us)