With Norwich City signing 20-year-old midfielder Henri Lansbury on loan from Arsenal this week, Daniel Grigg examines a possible key battle for Ipswich Town in Sunday’s East Anglian Derby at Carrow Road.
Spurs youngster Jake Livermore may have previously scored against Barcelona before, albeit in a pre-season friendly, but he simply isn’t cutting it on loan at Ipswich this season.
Jason Scotland looked as isolated at the weekend as he has in any match this season, while the man whose job it is to supply him with the ball, Livermore, continued his terrible form.
With Livermore quiet and struggling, it’s almost been at times as though David Norris has been doing some of his job for him, with the veteran midfielder offering far more when he gets hold of the ball in the middle of the pitch, even despite finding it harder in recent games with the whole team struggling to create many real chances or to get any real forward momentum going.
With the huge match against Norwich coming up and the prospect that for the second time this season Livermore may be up against Henri Lansbury, recently sent on loan to the Canaries, it might be time to drop the youngster, though I doubt Keane would risk playing two up front from the start of the match. In that previous meeting of Livermore and Lansbury, it was Lansbury who scored and Arsenal who romped to a 4-1 victory, while Livermore was hardly noticed in midfield; something which happens far too often with him. He needs to step up and put in a top performance, because you can almost guarantee that Lansbury will not be afraid to get on the ball and to try and make things happen for Norwich’s strikers, Grant Holt and Chris Martin.
By Daniel Grigg
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