town bid for bunn
Written By Kes Hawkins
Monday afternoon, mutterings filtered through that Town were on the brink of signing a Premier League striker on a permanent deal. Yesterday's news seems to be that Town have put in a 600k bid for Harry Bunn: a player who has yet to play a Premier League game, who some say is a striker, some say a winger. The trials and tribulations of supporting Ipswich Town during the transfer window.
That, of course, is not to take anything away from Harry Bunn himself. In fact, there seems to be plenty of reasons to be cheerful with the link to the Huddersfield Town man.
First of all, Oldham-born Bunn is still just 24 years of age. Ostensibly a striker by nature who has been plying his trade on the left hand side of midfield, this is a player who possesses many of the attributes required to prosper in Mick McCarthy’s side.
Terriers fans on social media describe Bunn as a “hard worker, good direct runner with the ball... nice strike on him”, “striker who has been pushed out on the wing... a well drilled professional who's got a good strike. Can see him fitting in.” Sentiments of a similar nature have been expressed by Town fans on Twitter, many citing Bunn as a “good addition” – the early figures of a poll conducted by Town fan suggesting that 81% of its 95 voters would be happy with Bunn’s signature.
A product of Manchester City’s academy system, Bunn was tipped as a hot prospect after regular goalscoring exploits in the Sky Blues’ developments sides before gaining a professional contract in 2011. The 5ft9 inch son of Frankie (ex-Oldham Athletic and Hull City striker, now coaching at Huddersfield) accrued six loan spells in League One with Rochdale, Preston, Oldham, Crewe and Sheffield United respectively, prior to his release by City in 2014.
It was then that Huddersfield took a chance on the attacking player following a short loan spell. Bunn went on to amass 96 appearances for the West Yorkshire outfit, scoring 17 times. It looks as though he is now set to move on after falling lower in the pecking order at the John Smith’s stadium following a busy summer of recruitment for the newly promoted side.
All things considered, Bunn is another summer signing that would make sense for most Town fans. If you were to ask most Town fans what business they felt still needed to be done following their acquisitions earlier in the transfer window, they would have replied with a striker and a winger.
A player that can operate in either position, in a similar mould to Freddie Sears, does allow for flexibility with regards to formations and squad rotating. Celina, Rowe, Bunn and Ward would complete a roster of hungry wide players at a prime age with a point to prove, which will only be beneficial for the side.
On the other hand, it is worth raising some questions over where this leaves Town’s hunt for a ‘number 9’, and whether the pursuit of a target-man should be being prioritised before the transfer market starts churning out unholy fees for second-rate strikers as the window draws nearer.
In an ideal world, I would have personally liked to have seen a striker signed on a permanent deal before this bid went in; rather than the likely outcome of desperately scrambling to secure a loan deal for a premier league frontman once the season has begun. That said, another winger is needed and £600,000 for a promotion-winning player with obvious potential seems reasonable enough.
For that reason, I think we can widely agree that Harry Bunn would be a positive bit of business. His signature along with that of a striker in the coming weeks and three points on Saturday would do a lot to inject some positivity into Town fans for the season ahead.
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