Date: 3rd September 2016 at 6:11pm
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Well, let us be honest and admit that no matter how much we like Daryl Murphy, he was unlikely to get any better, as the sands of time began to take his goalscoring potency away.

Newcastle United of course will think otherwise but he will not replicate that remarkable 27 goal haul in the Championship a couple of seasons ago and will do well to match the 10 he scored last season come to think of it.

Truth be known, his career states as a striker are hardly that impressive. In his first spell at Town he scored just 6 goals in 18 appearances and only another 11 in his second spell in the seasons 2011 to 2013 and remember, that was after all of 72 games in the Ipswich blue!

His purple patch came relatively late in his career and perhaps the reason for this was that manager Mick Mccarthy decided to make him our number nine instead of out on the wing and in the absence of David mcGoldrick he positively excelled!

And now our Irish striker, who did so much over many seasons to delight the fans, is grateful in return for their support.

He told The Newcastle United official website that it was a wrench to leave but a no-brainer not to, when the Geordies came calling.

‘I especially want to thank the fans. They were fantastic to me and I`ve got so many great memories from my time at Ipswich. I didn`t get the chance to thank the supporters before I left so I`d like to take that opportunity now. I want to wish everyone at Ipswich the best and I hope it`s Newcastle and Ipswich that go up this year and who knows it could happen!’

So the man from Waterford in the Republic of Ireland has said his fond farewells and we get the benefit of 3 million quid in the process but how was it all spent?

According to managing director Ian Milne it has been spent very wisely. ‘All the bids we made were market value. They weren`t silly, derisory offers just so we could say ‘look, we wanted to spend.’ When we eventually decide to walk away from a deal, it isn`t because Marcus says ‘I am not going to do this`, it`s because Mick and Dave Bowman said ‘no, stop now, he`s not worth that`.’

Of course we cannot neglect the fact that loan deals cost money too and our two recruits from premier League squads will not have come very cheaply.

On the contrary salaries account for most of the gate receipts and more and Milne alluded to this when he said frankly,’ One player has just left and three have come in. Our average wage bill is not going down, it`s going up! We are paying £7-8k a week to players on average. That`s the market value in this division. We are well up there with that. And over the course of a one or two-year deal, that`s where the real cost is.’

After the Keane and Jewell spending sprees owner Marcus Evans is much more prudent these days and why not? It seemed to do us more harm than good last time he spent wildly and almost took us further down the football food chain so I can emphasise with this point of view but there has to be a balance.

What remains to be seen however is whether we have enough up top now that Murphy has departed and McGoldrick is out injured?

Much I guess will depend on how Leon Best responds to the challenge of regular first team football again and whether the quality we now have in midfield can ignite our season?

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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