Date: 1st March 2017 at 5:06pm
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If there is one thing we have lacked over the last couple of games it is goal scoring opportunities – or more to the point, someone who is prepared to shoot!

Now that Tom Lawrence is back after his two game suspension, he will surely start at Portman Road on Saturday against Brentford.

His instinctive eye for goal has been missed and I think we will find that once he is back in the team, we will create a lot more in the process because he is not just our top scorer and arguably the best loan player we have ever had the privilege of watching but also someone who provides opportunities for others.

Tom Lawrence is the bee’s knees and The Bees will be hoping that two weeks away from the fray will have dulled his sharpness.

He is a very exciting player to watch and apart from his undoubted skills he also has pace and this is something that defenders hate.

Another Welsh loanee who was on fire in his first spell with Ipswich is also nearing a return apparently. Jonny Williams has been plagued by injuries so far in his fledgling career but he is over his shoulder injury now and is getting close to first team involvement we believe.

The future bodes well for the Welsh national squad with these guys continuing to develop their careers with the Blues and let us not forget our other Welsh loan player Emyr Huws, who has been outstanding since he came to Town.

On Saturday manager Mick McCarthy must play an attacking line-up and go all out for another home win.

Home wins have been few and far between this season but with matches against Brentford United and Wolverhampton Wanderers to come within the space of four days at Portman Road, we could do with taking maximum points and given our current form this is very possible I feel.

There is no denying that this season has been a huge disappointment but if we could finish in the top half of the table this would to some extent vindicate the tactics sometimes employed by McCarthy, when suspensions and injuries have kicked in.

The squad is still too weak to challenge for a play-off place next term but if we could turn some of those loan deals into permanent ones and recruit some more quality in all departments, then who know what the future holds?

Certainly the higher we finish in the Championship the better the prospects for next season but only if Marcus Evans is serious about reaching football’s promised land?

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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