Date: 29th November 2016 at 4:16pm
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Well, manager Mick McCarthy has hinted, after his fine performance on Saturday, that even at the age of 34 there may still be some life left in Luke Varney in the striking department?

McCarthy said that his short term contract at the club might be extended if he can steer clear of injuries. ‘ Yes. I can`t really show much more faith than starting him, after we`ve just drawn one and lost one here and it could be a bit messy if we lose. This is the fittest he`s been.’

Varney himself is a likable fellow and seems to gel well in the dressing room too, judging by what other players say about him.

He has never been a prolific goalscorer but after losing Daryl Murphy earlier in the season, we have missed someone who can hold the ball up the way he does and he has lots of experience at this level have played formerly for both Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers.

He explained after our 3-0 triumph over Queens Park Rangers that no player wants – or indeed likes to be on the losing team. ‘After a disappointing defeat at home it was nice to come off the pitch to a positive vibe because it has been a difficult week but we are all in this together and it hurts us when we let the fans down.”

I personally think that he is worth keeping until the end of the season and let’s take it from there. He has the know-how to unlock defences and his physical presence too is a big plus.

Apart from Leon Best, who sadly is rather injury prone, we do not possess another striker in the Luke Varney mould and we could all see what a difference a fully fit Luke Varney is to the team.

Freddie Sears is still trying to capture his form of old and even when he has moved back into his more familiar attacking position, he has struggled to find the net.

The reason we have had problems this term is largely on account of our lack of goals because, as we all know, goals win games and we simply have not scored enough both on our travels and at home.

Last Saturday saw a significant improvement in the goals for column and if we can acquire another good striker in the January transfer window, then those play-off places are perhaps still not entirely beyond us.

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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