Town’s last two matches at Portman Road have produced arguably some of the best football we have produced all season, and the two pictured above were missing. Coincidence? Well perhaps, but equally, there is a feeling these days around the ground that without our two familiar stalwarts, we become a better side.
Now, of course, we cannot deny their commitment to the cause and in the case of Captain not-so-fantastic Luke Chambers, even his victory fist-pump is a thing of the past – mainly I guess because we hardly ever win at home these days!
Cole Skuse is the definition of Mr Reliable in midfield too but he is a holding midfielder, who hardly ever ventures forward with intent, and when he does and is in a position to shoot, he rarely looks like he going to score. In fact, his goals per games ratio is quite frankly appalling. In 225 appearances he has scored just twice and once upon a time Chambers used to score too but that too seems a thing of the past.
So the question people are starting to ask is whether these two are surplus to requirements and whether Ipswich Town plays better without them? Certainly, in their absence, we have seen a big improvement on the field and although we are still not winning, we are getting an awful lot closer!
Luke Chambers may not be here next season. Then again, in Division One, he might just have enough in his locker to continue and Skuse is a year younger so you could say he has youth on his side! Yet at 32 and 33 respectively, their days are probably numbered, and I think we will see them less and less as Lambert looks towards regeneration, as he moulds a team into his own image and liking.
FW. – editor of Vital Ipswich