It’s make your mind up time on so many different fronts. Will Downes and Jackson leave us? Will Lambert shuffle his pack? Will Town change our mindset? After tonight’s game against Arsenal in the EFL Trophy group game at Portman Road, we may know a little more. I think there have to be some changes from Saturday and I expect David Cornell to make his Town debut behind the posts and Janoi Donacien will probably replace captain Luke Chambers as a wing-back.
More changes will probably depend on knocks taken in the opener against Bristol Rovers. Not everyone came away unscathed, and this will obviously influence manager Paul Lambert’s thinking with the first league encounter versus Wigan only a few days away. He must ensure that he does not throw the baby out with the bathwater though, and so the nucleus of the team must remain.
If possible, he should try to stick with the same midfield because Nolan, Bishop and Dozzell worked very well together last time out. In attack, I would like to see Aaron Drinan and Freddie Sears once more but this time joined by Jack Lankester or Emry Huws. Lambert still has plenty of options so he must endeavour to choose wisely because even at this early stage of the season, momentum is absolutely key.
Ipswich has today turned down an offer from Bournemouth for Kayden Jackson. It was said to be in the region of 1-2 million but the Blues want more for the 26-year-old, as of course, they do, for Flynn Downes. It is good to finally see our owner Marcus Evans standing firm but of course, every player has his price, and at least if they leave us, we should not get ripped off too much again.
It is make your mind up too when it comes to what Town fans think of the present set-up? Another win tonight and we might all start to believe. Playing attractive attacking football is what we all want to see and it seems as if our owner shares our views! Playing good football and winning is quite naturally the ultimate prize.
If you are an ifollow subscriber or indeed a season ticket holder, you can watch the game live tonight for free. Failing that, you have the option of buying a £10 match pass. It should be an intriguing affair, and we may get much more of a clue as to what our future holds after this evenings encounter.