Date: 2nd February 2017 at 4:16pm
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What can we expect then from our new recruits? Well, to be absolutely frank, I knew very little about Jonny Williams, Ryan Fraser and indeed Tom Lawrence, when they marched through the door but we all know about them now so there is hope!

Conversely I suppose, the same could be said of a few of those that have failed such as Dylan Connolly and Giles Coke but I would prefer not to dwell on this right now.

Loan signings we have seen can be good and bad. Some want to prove to people they can do it at a higher level and others are less motivated – sometimes because their careers are almost at an end.

In the case of Kieffer Moore he is likely to be highly motivated and as we have seen with Lincoln City, the gulf between Championship football and non-league football is not always as great as it may at first appear.

Both Sutton United and The Imps have progressed to the 5th round of the FA Cup and at the expense of Championship sides and Town know that beggars can’t be choosers so manager Mick McCarthy must rely on his experience to bring in some bargain buys.

It will take time for Moore to adjust to life at this level but we may see the best of him next season I feel, when he is more accustomed to the ways of the coaching staff and the league itself.

One thing Mick McCarthy has been generally good at, throughout his long career in management, is smoothing out those rough diamonds and there is real hope that he may have unearthed one or two here?

New winger Danny Rowe is an interesting acquisition. He has pace and is an intelligent sort of player apparently and I have always argued that this is a vital component in football and yet it is often sadly overlooked.

Knowing when to pass and knowing when to shoot are what all top players manage to achieve.

Reading striker Dominic Samuel and Cardiff midfielder Emyr Huws, who were hired on deadline day, might just surprise a few but much will depend on whether their heart is really in it or whether they are simply passing through? Motivation is always a key ingredient.

Jordan Spence has struggled so far but will have to see if he steps up to the plate in some of those very testing fixtures coming up, starting at Portman Road this Saturday against Reading.

Leeds loanee Toumani Diagouraga looked quite good on his debut for Town until he tired and was taken off but the jury is still out on whether he can make a significant difference to the squad, as we attempt to pull clear of the relegation zone?

But the pick of the bunch must surely still be Steve Taylor and if he can stay fit, he might make all the difference – not only to our defence but also to our chances of staying in this division.

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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